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Self-Ligating Braces

Grand Rapids, MI Orthodontists

For those wanting traditional braces but without the colored elastics, we introduce self-ligating braces. 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, MI, orthodontists recommend this type of braces to patients interested in less adjustments during treatment. Read more about self-ligating braces below.

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Comparing Self-Ligating Braces to Traditional Braces

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. 

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

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. 

Self-ligating braces allow patients to:

  • Have quicker visits to our Grand Rapids orthodontics office thanks to no elastic ligature replacement
  • Clean out leftover food particles from in and around brackets more easily
  • Possibly experience less discomfort due to no ligature pressure

Call Our Orthodontics Office Today

No matter which type of braces you choose, our orthodontists in Grand Rapids, MI, are here to make sure you finish treatment with a beautiful smile. If you’d like to learn more about self-ligating braces and how they might work for you, call Miller Orthodontics at (616) 942-9320 or contact us online to request an appointment.

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