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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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Self-ligating braces

Wondering how self-gating braces differ? They have no elastic ties and instead use brackets and clips to hold the wires in place, which helps them move teeth at a faster pace.

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Dr Inês Do Carmo

Our go-to dentist for fixed braces and orthodontics.

Dr Shankar Bala

Platinum Invisalign Provider and orthodontist.

How they compare?

Traditional braces use small fixtures attached to teeth that use a thin metal wire (arch wire) to run through the brackets. This arch wire is then gradually adjusted to apply the right force and move teeth into their desired alignment. 

Alternatively, self-ligating braces use their slide mechanism built into the bracket itself to hold the arch wire. This method of straightening keeps the braces active and moves teeth at a faster pace. Plus, it means fewer adjustments and visits to the dentist.

  • Easier to clean: Ligatures easily trap food particles in and around brace brackets. Here, the absence of ligatures makes them easier to clean.
  • Less discomfort: As traditional braces require more regular tightening, it’s possible that with self-ligating braces, you could experience less discomfort. 
  • Fewer orthodontic visits: As no individual ligatures need to be replaced during adjustment, opening and shutting self-ligating braces during regular adjustments is easier and less time-consuming.
  • Less pressure: Pressure is distributed more evenly through the teeth, making self-ligating braces more comfortable and less intense as a result.

Smaller: They’re smaller, less bulky and offer a more subtle treatment option to regular metal braces.

Everything you need to know about self-ligating braces

We charge £1,625 per arch for self-ligating braces at our London practice. Prices for both upper and lower arches are from £3,250 with 0% financing options available.

In theory, self-ligating braces are faster, but the research does not support it. How long treatment takes, with any brace or aligner treatment, will depend on your specific condition. That said, self-ligating can speed up some areas of treatment. 

Patients interested in self-ligating braces should expect to wear braces for 12 to 24 months.

All patients, regardless of their age can opt for braces that use self-ligating brackets. They’re effective in treating all types of dental problems like crowding, open bites, overbites, crossbites, gaps and complex malocclusion cases.

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Types of self-ligating brackets

Metal self-ligating braces: The most common material for self-ligating braces is metal, although, since self-ligating braces do not require elastics they take up less space and are more discreet even though they’re made up of metal.

Clear self-ligating braces: Patients have the option for clear self-ligating braces with ceramic brackets, which are more aesthetically pleasing. They adapt great to all tooth enamel shades and are more discreet, however, the wire used will still be metallic in the vast majority of cases.

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I’ve been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she’s a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She’s made such a big improvement to my teeth and I’m very happy with my treatment so far — I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I’ve also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team’s treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn’t be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can’t wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife’s implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.