4 Reasons to Choose Traditional Braces Over Self-Ligating Braces

Your teeth may need to be straightened for a number of reasons, including crookedness, crowding or a poor bite. It used to be there was only one type of braces to make this happen, but there are now several modern options, including self-ligating braces.

Like traditional braces, self-ligating braces use brackets that are fitted to your teeth. However, self-ligating braces use an in-built tightening mechanism in place of the small rubber ties that are used to tighten traditional braces.

Self-ligating braces do offer a few advantages, with most patients particularly attracted to their more discreet appearance. However, traditional braces will still tend to be the best choice for most people, and here are just four reasons why.

1. More Precise Movement

Though traditional braces and self-ligating braces apply pressure to your teeth in similar ways in order to realign them, self-ligating braces aren't generally able to apply the same level of pressure. As such, they tend to offer less precision than traditional braces, making them less effective in some situations. This issue is compounded by the fact that self-ligating braces use much smaller brackets. This makes them less noticeable, but it also means they don't tend to be as effective for rotating larger teeth with such precision.

2. Lower Cost

Dental insurance can typically cover most of your orthodontic costs, but you may sometimes need to pay the rest yourself. If cost is a concern, traditional braces are likely to appeal over self-ligating braces. Though the cost difference between them isn't huge, traditional braces still tend to cost a little less. The difference will tend to increase with the complexity of each case – the more complex the case, the more self-ligating braces are likely to cost.

3. More Reliable

One potential problem with self-ligating braces is that the hinges used on each bracket can sometimes break, which will make it impossible for that bracket to be shut. Whilst this is not going to damage your teeth, it can be very inconvenient since you'll need to visit your orthodontist as soon as possible to have the bracket replaced or repaired.

4. Wider Availability

It's always nice to check out modern treatment options, but the problem with newer treatments is that they won't be as widely available. This might not be a problem if you live in a major city, but those in less-populated areas may find it tough to locate orthodontists who can provide newer treatment options. As such, you may need to look further afield than you might like to find an orthodontist who offers self-ligating braces. 

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