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The Difference Between Self-litigating Braces and Traditional Metal Braces

At first glance, self-litigating braces look very similar to the traditional metal braces that are familiar to everyone. However, self-litigating braces address some of the most common issues many patients experience when using traditional braces. While traditional braces are known for being one of the most effective methods of treatment, many patients dislike the uncomfortable tightness of the metal brackets around their teeth. It can also be inconvenient to schedule appointments with your orthodontist every few weeks to adjust your braces’ tightness.

Self-litigating braces provide an effective treatment similar to traditional metal braces, but with several key differences. In traditional braces, elastic bands tie the metal brackets to a wire wrapped around your teeth. In self-litigating braces, clips that are built into the brackets connect them to the wire. This results in less friction between the braces and your teeth. Your teeth will move more freely, which reduces the amount of soreness and discomfort you experience when wearing your braces.

Self-litigating braces also require less maintenance than traditional metal braces. It takes less time to adjust them, and adjustment appointments with your orthodontists will be less frequent. Furthermore, self-litigating braces are easier to clean because they are less prone to trapping food and plaque than traditional metal braces. The elastics in traditional braces tend to stick to food that passes through your teeth as you eat. As a result, you’ll spend less time flossing around your braces after meals.

Before you commit to self-litigating braces, there are a few cons you must consider. First, self-litigating braces tend to cost more than traditional metal braces because of the state-of-the-art mechanisms that allow their brackets to clip onto the wire. Secondly, self-litigating braces are still made from metal, so they are not the most aesthetically pleasing option. If you want braces that are clearer than traditional metal braces, you might want to look at ceramic braces, Invisalign, or lingual braces.

In any case, the experts at Remarkable Smiles can help you determine if you’re eligible for self-litigating braces or any other orthodontic treatment. Contact them today at 949-770-8011! You are also welcome to visit in person if you live in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, or any other location in Orange County.

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