Advantages of Self-ligating Brackets

  • Uses lighter forces than conventional ligating brackets to straighten teeth so patients are more comfortable [1]
  • In many cases, the overall treatment time is reduced by up to 4 months+ [2]
  • Unlike conventional ligating brackets, there are no rubber bands to trap food so braces are easier to clean and patients experience better oral hygiene [3]
  • Because there are no rubber bands to change, chair-side visits are shorter and the intervals between them can be longer [4]
  • Self-ligating brackets provide precise control of tooth movement, fast alignment, and defined space closure [5]

 

  • They are smaller in size, less noticeable, and patients may consider them more aesthetic.
  • Used by most orthodontic specialists in their practice [6]

 

References

[1] Self ligating brackets in Orthodontics, Surchi Jatol-Tekade, Satyajit Tekade, International Book Market Service Ltd, © 2017

What’s So Great About Self-Ligating Braces?  Five Things You Need to Know.  Dr. Hillel Well.  Posted July 19th, 2017.  https://www.yworthodontics.com/blog/2017/07/what%25e2%2580%2599s-so-great-about-self-ligating-braces-five-things-you-need-to-know

[2]   Rolf Maijer, Dennis C. Smith:  Time savings with self-ligating brackets.  J Clin Orthod 1990; 24:29-3`

Harradine NWT:  Self-ligating brackets and treatment efficiency.  Clin Orthod Res 4:220-227, 2001

 

[3]  Bagramian, R.A. and McNamara, J.A. Jr.:  A prospective survey of percutaneous injuries in orthodontists, Am. J. Orthod. 114:654-658, 1992.

[4]   Rolf Maijer, Dennis C. Smith:  Time savings with self-ligating brackets.  J Clin Orthod 1990; 24:29-3`

Harradine NWT:  Self-ligating brackets and treatment efficiency.  Clin Orthod Res 4:220-227, 2001

[5]   Self ligating brackets in Orthodontics, Surchi Jatol-Tekade, Satyajit Tekade, International Book Market Service Ltd, © 2017

[6]   Future practice plans of orthodontic residents in the United States. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2009 Mar; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19268835/

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