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For many orthodontic patients, the ability to undergo treatment without visible appliances affecting their appearance is a priority. With clear aligners, available from Daryoush Haghighi, DDS. at Darius Orthodontics of Caldwell in Caldwell. New Jersey. you can display your smile proudly throughout treatment and remove your aligners to eat comfortably. To find out more about clear aligners, call Darius Orthodontics of Caldwell or book an appointment online today.

Self-Ligating Braces

What are self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal wire and bracket braces. They include metal brackets and a metal wire that runs through them. With traditional braces, you also need elastic or metal ties to add tension to the wire. Self-ligating braces don’t require any ties. Instead. they have special clips that add tension to the wire.

There are two types of self-ligating braces, and Dr. Haghighi helps you choose the appropriate option:

Active brackets

Active brackets use a thicker wire. Treatment with active brackets is generally more accurate and efficient than with passive brackets.

Passive brackets

Passive brackets use a fine archwire with very little friction. This helps move your teeth faster to their new position.

There are benefits to both bracket types. and Dr. Haghighi helps you decide which is the better choice to improve your smile.

What are the benefits of using self-ligating braces?

There are many benefits to using clips with self-ligating braces instead of ties. like rubber bands, with traditional braces. A few notable benefits include:

  • Smaller bracket site
  • Fewer orthodontic visits
  • Shorter treatment time
  • Easier hygiene
  • Less discomfort
  • No sticky elastic to trap food

Ifs easier to keep self-ligating braces clean because there are fewer components that can trap food and bacteria. Additionally, they require less maintenance. Despite these benefits. you need to sit down for a consultation beforehand to make sure self-ligating braces are the best option for you.

How long does treatment with self-ligating braces take?

The amount of time your treatment takes depends on your degree of malocclusion. Self-ligating braces often require a shorter treatment time than treatment using traditional braces. In fact your treatment time can be up to six months shorter with self-ligating braces than with traditional braces.

On average, orthodontic treatment with self-ligating braces takes between 12 and 30 months. Dr. Haghighi assesses your teeth and may take digital X-rays to determine the length of your treatment with self-ligating braces.

Will self-ligating braces affect my appearance?

As with traditional braces. you can see your self-ligating braces every time you smile. However. Dr. Haghighi offers self-ligating braces with the option of using ceramic brackets instead of metal. You can match ceramic to the shade of your teeth so they’re less visible.

For more information on self-ligating braces or to compare options. call Darius Orthodontics of Caldwell or book your appointment online today.

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