Did you know there are different kinds of brackets? Although all metal brackets may look the same, there are some key differences to look for when choosing the correct bracket for your treatment.

One of the most significant differences from conventional dental braces is the absence of elastic ligature, also called ties or O-rings. In conventional brackets, a small plastic tie is used to hold the wire in place. Self-ligating braces typically are smaller and more aesthetic since a small metal door is required to hold wires in place rather than a tie. They also tend to stand off the teeth further toward the lips and cheeks.

The self-ligating braces uses a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, thus reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth. Some patients have experienced less pain since the movement of the teeth is more passive with self-ligating brackets.

However, there are many similarities to tradiaional braces, such as the fitting of the brackets. Both self-ligating braces and traditional braces are glued onto the teeth and are not removable until treatment is complete. Regular cleaning is also essential for effective treatment and desirable results. The consumption of too much sugar (in food, and especially drinks) and poor dental hygiene can result in decalcification, which are permanent white marks on the teeth. With traditional braces or self-ligating braces, good oral hygiene is vital.

During a consultation Dr. Miller can discuss the different types of brackets with you to decide which option is best for you.