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Dr. Edward H. Angle, way back in the early 1900s, came up with what was called an edgewise bracket, which meant that it had a slot and you put a wire in edgewise to it and you can put twists and turns into it. That's how he controlled teeth. It was the first three-dimensional hold, but in order to hold the wire into the bracket, you had to tie it with something. They came up with stainless steel ties that you had to tie onto each tooth and then cut them off. You bend the ends in and if you didn't, the ends stuck out, and it was very uncomfortable.

Then in the 70s, they came up with tooth-colored or multi-colored elastic ties. The elastic ties got to be carried away, the problem being every time the kid came in, he wanted to have a different color or different color brackets. It was very time consuming to go and figure out what you wanted. What we've subsequently found out though too is with these ties, it attracts bacteria, it absorbs moisture, it expands, and it doesn't hold the wire in tight so that the expression of the wire isn't 100%. It's actually taking longer for treatment, and it's probably a little bit deleterious to their tooth health.

Finally, some folks came up and said why don't we just have some sort of a door that moves up and down or some sort of a twisting mechanism that we can put in and put the wire in, close the door, and call it a day? Now they have what they call self-ligating brackets where you don't need an extra tie. You don't need an extra wire. You just put the wire in and shut the door or there's another kind that you put it in and it clips in and it's just ping, ping, ping, ping. It's real easy on the doctor and it's real easy on the assistants and it's really easy on the patients.

There's all sorts of studies that are saying that it's not that effective as far as it doesn't decrease the patient's time of treatment, but it certainly decreases the doctor's time in the chair.

Are you considering orthodontic braces? Our office offers a variety of options, including self-ligating braces. Our many options can help you get the results you need, regardless of your specific situation. We can help you choose the orthodontic option that is right for you. Below you can learn more about self-ligating braces, how they can help you, and whether they are right for your situation.

What are self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces are an orthodontic option that does not require the use of ligatures. Ligatures are the tiny elastic bands that are used to fasten the archwire to the brackets in traditional braces. These bands come in a variety of colors, including clear, and are known for popping off and causing issues.

Self-ligating braces eliminate this variable by using a special type of metal bracket that holds the archwire completely on its own. No tiny, pesky bands required! This set-up allows for all sorts of added benefits and a simpler, less-stressful orthodontic option. We can get you the results you require using self-ligating braces as a means to a more convenient and potentially faster form of treatment.

How can self-ligating braces help me get the results I need?

Self-ligating braces work much like traditional braces, except that they are more convenient to use. Without the hassle of traditional ligatures, you can stress less about your orthodontic care. The self-ligating brackets also offer a very nice aesthetic, leaving the bulkier brackets and elastic bands of traditional braces behind. We can even offer a lingual braces option with self-ligating brackets, placing the bracket on the back of the tooth for ultimate aesthetic appeal.

Self-ligating braces can move your teeth just as fast as traditional braces. In fact, they can sometimes move them even faster than traditional orthodontics! The bracket technology used, in addition to a special heat-activated nickel titanium archwire, actually creates less friction than traditional braces, allowing for faster, more effective treatment under the correct circumstances. If you are looking for a more convenient, possibly faster orthodontic option, self-ligating braces may be the solution for you.

Are self-ligating braces right for me?

In addition to being convenient and effective, self-ligating braces have a few other perks. Self-ligating braces are easier to clean than traditional braces due the absence of ligatures, require fewer visits to our office, and require less time at each appointment. Self-ligating braces work great for many patients. However, to determine if our self-ligating braces option is right for you, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eckelson. Your specific situation will largely determine whether or not they are a good option.

Our office offers free consultations to anyone interested in our orthodontic services. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office. We can be reached via phone at (561) 391-6415 or by sending us a message using our online form. We will be happy to help you get the results you desire by helping determine which of our orthodontic options is right for you.

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