Are Self-Ligating Braces a Good Option For Your Child?

If you have a child who needs orthodontic treatment, they may not be thrilled about having traditional braces. The good news is that kids and adults today have more options for braces than ever before. One of these options is self-ligating braces, which work a bit differently than regular metal braces for straightening teeth. Here’s how you might be able to make orthodontics more enjoyable with self-ligating braces for kids!

How Self-Ligating Braces Work

Self-ligating braces have a self-ligating system. In a self-ligating system, no rubber bands are needed to hold the wires in place for the braces. Rubber bands can not only make braces more noticeable, but their attachment to the brackets in this way may also make braces put more pressure on teeth. Self-ligating braces look more “clear” compared to traditional braces.

They May Make Orthodontic Treatment More Comfortable

Thanks to their self-ligating system, self-ligating braces may make orthodontic treatment less uncomfortable for some kids because there will be less tension on the teeth [1]. Since self-ligating braces don’t have rubber bands, they are also easier to clean. This can help kids feel more positive about their orthodontic treatment since they won’t have as much trouble cleaning their teeth as with regular braces.

Self-Ligating Braces Can Provide the Effectiveness of Braces Without the Appearance

Braces are the most effective way to straighten teeth in most cases, but some kids might not want the discomfort or appearance of regular metal braces. Self-ligating braces are another option that can provide the same treatment effectiveness of braces but without the appearance of them [2]. Kids may enjoy the more simplistic look of self-ligating braces and not feel as self- conscious about their treatment.

Enjoy Shorter Orthodontist Visits With Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces may also offer the benefit of shorter orthodontic treatment times, or less chair time, at the orthodontist office [3]. Although your child will still need to see the orthodontist for checkups and adjustments, self-ligating braces typically allow for longer times between visits and less discomfort during checkups and adjustments. Kids can get back to doing what they love sooner and parents can be less busy!

Ask Your Orthodontist About Self-Ligating Braces

Are self-ligating braces an option for your child? Ask your orthodontist about self-ligating braces during your child’s orthodontic consultation to see if they could be the best choice for your child’s orthodontic treatment.

Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4151365/
2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332060529_Possible_Advantages_of_Self-
Ligating_Brackets_From_Claims_to_Evidence_a_Literature_Review

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