Self-ligating braces offer improvements over metal braces, including a more traditional treatment, in terms of appearance, comfort, and treatment time. As with metal braces, candidacy requirements for self-ligating braces are also broad enough that most patients are eligible. Understanding what self-ligating braces offer and how they work can help patients better decide if this treatment sounds good for them.
Self-Ligating Braces vs. Traditional Braces
The difference between this treatment and regular braces is in the brackets, which allow the wire to move freely. The resulting lack of friction means several benefits for patients, including reduced pain and faster correction. At the same time, the self-ligating brackets are smaller, and therefore less noticeable, compared to conventional metal brackets. Most types of bite irregularities and patients in all age groups can benefit from this treatment offered by our Houston self-ligating braces dentist at Antoine Dental Center.
Self-Ligating Braces in Houston
A major benefit of this treatment from our provider of self-ligating braces in Houston at Antoine Dental Center is the option for ceramic brackets. While the self-ligating brackets are already smaller than conventional brackets, choosing ceramic increases the discretion even more. The ceramic is tinted to match the enamel and stain resistant, enhancing the value for patients who want to keep their smile looking as natural as possible during treatment.
Your first visit to our Houston self-ligating braces dentist at Antoine Dental Center is similar to the start of metal braces treatment. X-rays, photos, and bite impressions are taken so that the resulting braces can be customized exactly to your needs. At your next visit, our dentist bonds the brackets to the front side of your teeth and places the wires through them. Regular visits are scheduled for tightening until completion when you’ll then receive retainers to wear.
Metal braces often take two years to straighten teeth, but patients can expect faster results through this treatment from our provider of self-ligating braces in Houston. For patients who are ineligible for Invisalign, this treatment offers an exciting alternative. You can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Houston at Antoine Dental Center, to find out more about this treatment and discuss whether it is right for you.