TUCSON - Not long ago, kids liked to decorate their braces with colorful rubber bands. But that trend is disappearing now that more orthodontists are using self-ligating braces.
Dr. Nitalya Williams, from Get It Straight Orthodontics on North Wilmot Road, says there are many benefits to self-ligating braces. "As opposed to the old school braces where all the kids want the colors and the o-ties and things that go around the brackets to hold the wire in, I actually have brackets that use doors," said Dr. Williams.
The stainless steel braces don't require rubber bands or o-ties, just a door slot to hold the wire into the bracket. Dr. Williams says these braces allow the teeth to move more freely, "Which cuts down on treatment time, and who doesn't like that?"
Dr. Williams says many of her patients are have their braces removed 4-6 months earlier than the old school braces.
The more streamlined braces are also easier to keep clean. "Braces are a little bit of a food trap so when you remove that extra element, like the o-tie, and you don't have that food trap as much any more it really allows for the teeth to stay nice and clean while we're moving the teeth inside the mouth," Dr. Williams said.
The self-ligating braces also give the teeth more room to expand so Dr. Williams doesn't have to remove as many teeth to make room for the broader smile. "I used to do extractions quite a bit before and now, I'm finding, with the self ligating bracket system, I don't have to."
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