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