What are Self-Ligating Braces?

Damon System braces designed for children, teenagers or adults are available at Childers Orthodontics and are suitable for patients with moderate to severe malocclusions of their teeth. For patients requiring metal wire and bracket braces, self-ligating devices are an excellent choice to reduce malocclusions of their teeth rather than wearing heavy and uncomfortable traditional devices. These braces work without the elastic o-rings that help to apply pressure against teeth in old-fashioned braces but are also often uncomfortable for patients and require more visits to an orthodontic practice.

It is Easier to Perform Daily Oral Hygiene

Damon System BracketWithout the o-rings, the thin and lightweight wires of self-ligating devices move inside the brace’s specially designed slots without creating friction that may lead to discomfort in the oral tissue of patients. In addition, a patient is able to provide daily hygiene faster and easier without needing to deal with brushing and flossing around the o-rings. This means that patients are less likely to develop hard plaque on their teeth that leads to cavities, gingivitis and halitosis. Because the thin elastic o-rings tend to break frequently while patients are chewing food and are also a hazard for younger patients who might swallow the items and choke, self-ligating braces are more suitable than old-fashioned braces.

Patients Require Fewer Orthodontic Treatments

The wires on Damon System braces are held secure in place by door-like openings that have stops to permit the wires to adjust slightly to apply pressure without causing painful friction. Patients also feel more comfortable with self-ligating braces because the devices are made of a lighter weight metal that will hold clear or metallic brackets in place. The combination of no elastic o-rings and lightweight metal also helps to maintain a higher blood flow to the mouth’s tissues, leading to faster treatment for patients. An additional benefit of not having o-rings is that a patient requires fewer visits to their orthodontist for adjustments.

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Call Childers Orthodontics Today to Learn More

For patients wanting to keep their braces discrete, the devices are also available with clear brackets instead of metal brackets. The overall treatment time with Damon system braces is faster, and it is easier for patients to perform daily oral hygiene with brushing and flossing. To learn more about self-ligating braces, contact Childers Orthodontics today at one of these locations in Illinois for a complimentary consultation:

  • Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
  • Benton – 618-438-2815
  • Herrin – 618-997-1800

Childers Orthodontics has provided orthodontic treatment to children, teenagers and adults since 1990 under the expertise of Dr. Kyle R. Childers.

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