Grand Rapids, MI Orthodontist
For those wanting traditional braces but without the colored elastics, we introduce . Though they are the same size as regular metal braces, they feature a specialized clip where elastics would normally be to support the archwire as it guides teeth into position.
Our Grand Rapids orthodontist recommends this type of braces to patients interested in less adjustments during treatment. Read more about self-ligating braces below.
Upon first glance, self-ligating braces and traditional metal braces appear to look the same. This is true aside from one difference: no ligature elastics. Instead of the elastics being used to attach the archwire to the bracket and provide support, self-ligating brackets have a built-in mechanism that does that on its own.
No elastics mean fewer adjustments, shorter appointments, and less friction placed on each tooth. Brackets are specially designed and come in standard metal, ceramic, and clear options. On the bracket itself, there is a sliding spring clip mechanism that helps to connect and press against the archwire while applying necessary force.
There are several key benefits to keep in mind when considering self-ligating braces. If they appeal to you, ask Dr. Miller about this orthodontic treatment option and he will perform a quick evaluation to determine if they’re the best choice for you.