Self-Ligating Braces in Elgin & Schaumburg, IL

Self-ligating braces are a comfortable and efficient way to straighten crooked teeth. High Point Dentistry is proud to offer a variety of orthodontic choices for patients, including advanced options like self-ligating braces. Interested in learning more about self-ligating braces and determining if you or your child are a candidate? Contact our office today!

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What are the benefits of self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces offer several benefits over traditional braces. They use a specialized type of bracket to hold the archwire in place, eliminating the need for elastic or metal ties. This design reduces friction and allows for smoother tooth movement, often resulting in faster treatment times. Self-ligating braces are generally more comfortable, as they apply gentler, more consistent pressure on the teeth. They are also easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and promoting better oral hygiene. Additionally, these braces can require fewer adjustments, leading to fewer visits to our practice.

How long does treatment with self-ligating braces take?

Treatment with self-ligating braces typically takes less time compared to traditional braces, though the exact duration varies based on individual needs. On average, treatment can range from 18 to 24 months, but some patients may see results in as little as 12 months. Factors influencing treatment time include the severity of the dental issues being addressed, the patient’s age, and adherence to our instructions. The efficient design of self-ligating braces, which allows for quicker tooth movement and fewer adjustments, often contributes to a shorter overall treatment period.

Do I have to schedule occasional check-ups while wearing self-ligating braces?

Yes, regular visits to our office are necessary while undergoing orthodontic treatment with self-ligating braces, though these visits may be less frequent than with traditional braces. Typically, patients need to schedule quick appointments every 6 to 10 weeks. During these visits, your dentist will check the progress of your treatment, make any necessary adjustments to the archwire, and ensure that your braces are functioning correctly. Regular check-ups are essential to monitor the movement of your teeth, address any issues, and maintain optimal oral health throughout the treatment process. Skipping appointments can delay progress and affect the final results.

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