What are clear self-ligating braces?
Clear self-ligating braces are brace attachments, made of a translucent material and attached to your teeth with the needed wire tightly secured. Unlike the traditional metal braces, of the clear ceramic braces, self-ligating attachments have a slide mechanism holding the wire, and allowing the teeth to move more freely and more securely.
Orthodontists commonly use self-ligating braces for the correction of complex orthodontic cases; typically bite corrections. In these instances, when the treatment is often expected to last slightly longer than a mild teeth-straightening case, opting for clear self-ligating braces can help you feel confident and show your smile without hesitation.
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Pros of clear self-ligating braces
Advanced – clear self-ligating brackets offer an innovative system which doesn’t require elastics to hold the wire. Instead, the wire passes through a mini click bracket which ensures its held stable, while simultaneously allowing enough movement to the teeth during the treatment.
Efficient – the sliding mechanism of the clear self-ligating braces and the shaped wires require fewer adjustments than standard braces and help move the teeth quickly.
Invisible – the clear self-ligating braces’ attachments are translucent and barely visible when bonded on your teeth.
Who is a candidate for self-ligating braces?
Everyone looking to straighten their teeth can take advantage of the innovative technology and inconspicuous design of self-ligating braces. An orthodontist is likely to recommend this treatment if you need to correct:
- An overbite;
- An underbite;
- A cross-bite;
- A severe overjet;
- Another complex orthodontic condition.
If you’re interested in considering clear self-ligating braces for your teeth straightening, fill in the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch to assist you in booking a consultation with our specialist orthodontist.
What to expect from a treatment with clear self-ligating braces?
How long is the treatment?
Most orthodontic treatments typically last between 12 and 18 months, with more complex cases requiring 24 or even 36 months, when a bite correction is involved. The exact duration of a teeth-straightening treatment cannot be predicted before the treatment has started, and the genetic response becomes evident.
How often will you need to visit the orthodontist?
For most orthodontic treatments you need to visit your orthodontist every 6 or 8 weeks. While self-ligating braces require fewer visits to the clinic, this may mean that you need adjustments every 3 or 4 months, each case is different, and only your specialist orthodontist can give you an estimation.
Clear Self-Ligating Braces brands we offer
3M Clarity™ SL Self-Ligating Appliance System
A combination of a smooth, sleek design, and powerful self-ligating technology, the 3M Clarity™ SL Self-Ligating Appliance System aims to allow for fewer dentist appointments, no staining, and less in-chair time during your treatment.
One of the most widely used self-ligating brace systems, Damon Clear has proved its efficiency and is favoured by orthodontists and patients alike for its advanced technology and inconspicuous design.
Empower® 2 Clear Self-Ligating Braces
Designed for durability, the Empower® 2 Clear Self-ligating Braces do not compromise aesthetics. Blending beautifully with your teeth, the translucent brackets have a doubly-strengthened clip, holding the wire securely, while your teeth are gradually moving to the desired position.