Do you or one of your family members suffer from malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw), overcrowded, or crooked teeth? Are you looking to correct these concerns? You may be happy to learn that every day there are new advancements being made in orthodontics. What this means to you is there are more treatment options available to you. However, if you are trying to decide what kind of braces you need, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming.
At Dr. Amy James and Associates Orthodontists we are here to help answer any questions you might have and to provide recommendations that best suit your individualized needs.
What Are Self-Ligating BracesIf you are considering braces, you might want to consider self-ligating braces or SLBs.
Types Of Self-Ligating BracesIf you do decide to choose SLBs, there will be a plethora of brands to choose from. Do not worry, we will help you choose the right brand that best fits your specific needs and lifestyle.
Passive:The archwire for passive SLBs is much smaller than active SLBs and provides the teeth with more room to move. Sometimes Amy James, DMD, MS will prescribe passive SLBs when you are just beginning treatment, so as to gently start guiding teeth into places.
Active:Active SLB are much more assertive. The archwire is stronger and thicker. There is greater pressure applied to the teeth, and more control is exerted. These braces are typically much more effective.
Why Choose Self-Ligating Braces?
- Shorter treatment times
- Quicker installation
- Fewer appointments (because there is no need to tighten elastic)
- Clear or ceramic SLBS are very subtle and will not stand out as much as traditional braces
Manufacturers of SLBS tend to take the claims a little further and argue that their specific product:
- Reduces friction
- Minimizes the potential for extraction
- Provides a more effective occlusal result
- Grows buccal alveolar bone
- Is less painful
Dental Hygiene With Self-Ligating Braces
Contact Us Today
As we mentioned earlier, the options are endless but do not let that stop you. Make an appointment today to start exploring your choices. (856) 216-8009