Traditional Self-Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear Self Ligating Braces
Clear self-ligating braces are an alternative to the metallic style of braces. They are are just like metal self-ligating braces but are made from a material that matches the color of the patient's teeth.
Clear self-ligating braces are superior to clear traditional braces in that they are highly aesthetic. Whereas traditional clear braces require elastic ties to hold the wire in place that can stain easily and become noticeable, clear self-ligating braces are stain free.
Length of Treatment
The length of treatment varies dependent on complexity level. Dr. Varble completes the majority of treatments in our office in 18-24 months. Patients are typically seen at our Creve Coeur or Saint Charles orthodontic office every four to six weeks for adjustment appointments.
Timing is crucial in orthodontics. If we can begin orthodontic treatment at the correct time, then treatment length is very predictable. Patient cooperation is also very important. Oftentimes, cooperation—whether by keeping the teeth clean or wearing orthodontic elastics—can be the main factor that determines the length of treatment.