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Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating Braces use a special bracket that has a unique clip to hold the wires in place compared to the standard traditional braces that uses elastic bands to hold the wire in place.

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Fast Braces 

Self-ligating braces with damon system and 3M Clarity SL for a speedy and less visible alternative to metal braces. Consult with one of our highly qualified orthodontist.

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Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

  • Self-ligating braces enables speed with faster treatment time and fewer appointments for certain cases.
  • There is better patient comfort and teeth stays cleaner.
  • It is easier to clean and care for compared to traditional braces.

Self-Ligating Braces versus Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces has rubber bands holding the wires in place

Benefits of Metal Braces
  • More economical for treatment fees
  • Proven and tested established fixed braces
Self-ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces do not have rubber bands but is clipped in place

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces
  • Uses active/passive force that makes self-ligating damon or 3M SL braces more comfortable compared to fixed braces
  • Less monthly visits or longer re-check periods

Types of Self-Ligating System at BIDC

BIDC uses self-ligating braces from Damon braces and 3M Clarity SL braces.

3M Clarity Ultra Self-Ligating

3M Clarity SL braces are clear braces as well as self-ligating brackets that allows for lower forces teeth movement whilst also being less visible with its patented clear brackets.

Damon Braces

The original Damon braces are metal based self-ligating brackets with a unique clip mechanism in holding the archwire. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.


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Procedure for Self-Ligating Orthodontic Treatment

  1. First evaluation and diagnosis
    • Medical records are made including a panoramic x-ray and celphlometric x-ray and study model
    • An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered information that is discussed with you
  2. Pre-orthodontic treatment
    • Any required pre-orthodontic treatment is done such as tooth extraction, gum treatment or teeth scaling
  3. Fitting of braces
    • Once any required pre-orthodontic treatment is completed, the speed braces with self-ligating brackets are placed on
  4. Go for your regular monthly checkup 
    • Your orthodontist changes the titanium archwires and checks on forces
  5. Removal of self-ligating brackets and wearing of retainers 
    • Panoramic x-rays are taken on post treatment results
    • An impression is taken of your new bite to make retainers
    • The retainers should be worn during night time or as directed by your orthodontist to prevent relapses

Care for Self-Ligating Fast Braces

  1. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods that can cause teeth decay as they are more difficult to clean
  2. Please do not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails. Chewing on hard things can damage the braces. This will and can almost always cause treatment to take longer.
  3. Teeth and braces would need to be kept cleaned every day. You will need to maintain discipline and go for your monthly dentist adjustment visit for teeth alignment to be sucessful.  
  4. Follow your orthodontist directions on how often to brush, how often to floss and use other cleaning aids to help maintain good oral health and gums.

Recovery Expectations

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on and/or after after of their elastic adjustment visits. During the first few days when braces are on, teeth feel sore and tender due to new biting forces pressures.

Some people may have a headache or jaw ache, you can usually manage this discomfort with pain medication. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.

Types of Braces

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Speed braces
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Lingual Braces
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Conclusion - Speed Braces

Self-ligating braces is also known as speed braces because they sometime require slightly less frequent visit to conventional standard metal braces and clear braces. Speed braces uses new orthodontic technologies of a bracket that can self-clip archwires to move teeth without the need of elastic bands.

At BIDC, our orthodontist dentists offers Damon braces and 3M Clarity SL braces for self-ligating orthodontics. Within Damon braces, there are metal brackets, half metal and clear brackets and clear brackets. 3M Clarity SL braces are clear brackets.

The treatment process and care of self-ligating braces is the similar to that of metal braces and clear braces. Retainers will need to be worn after the completion of speed braces. Due to its less frequent visit and option of a less visible braces, this makes self-ligating braces an popular braces option for adult orthodontics.

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