Self Ligating Braces

What are Self Ligating Braces?

Most people are familiar with conventional braces, usually consisting of metal brackets that are cemented onto tooth surfaces for the duration of treatment. These brackets are attached to thin metal wires with elastic bands, that once adjusted, produce gentle forces to move your teeth into the correct positions.

When to Choose Metal Braces?

Metal braces are still widely used as they provide predictable results, but the brackets are quite visible. However, modern brace brackets are considerably smaller than before, so they are less noticeable. Metal braces are often the most affordable solution, and children can express their personality through their choice of brightly coloured elastic bands, customising their appearance.

Ceramic braces are a less visible form of conventional braces.

Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces, except they have small brackets made from a ceramic material that reflects your natural tooth colour and are much more discreet than metal braces. The brackets are still powered by wires and elastics which may also be tooth coloured. However, some people still choose to use brightly coloured elastics which can look amazing with the clear brackets.

When to Choose Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are a great option for adults looking for a more discreet orthodontic solution. The ceramic braces blend in well with your natural teeth and can be an alternative to removable aligner systems like Invisalign, although ceramic braces are not completely invisible. Ceramic braces cost a little more than metal braces, and it takes a bit longer to fit and remove the brackets.

Both metal and ceramic fixed braces are a good option, but metal braces are more durable and can tolerate a greater amount of pressure. If you need substantial corrections to the alignment of your teeth, they can be the best option. Ceramic braces are best suited to smaller tooth movements, so if you require more complex realignments, your treatment could take longer. Both braces work similarly and are often equally as effective.

When you have fixed conventional braces, excellent oral hygiene is essential, so be prepared to spend a little more time cleaning around the brackets and wires after each meal. Caring for conventional braces isn’t difficult, and we will show you exactly how to clean them thoroughly.


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