Self-Ligating Braces in Fort Worth, TX

Achieve Straighter Teeth With Less Hassle

Traditional braces, while an effective way to straighten your teeth, tend to be uncomfortable and unattractive treatments. However, advancements in orthodontic treatments have paved the way for self-ligating braces, a discreet alternative to traditional braces. At Lake Country Dental, Dr. Snider is proud to offer this comfortable treatment that can straighten your smile in less time than traditional braces. Explore our guide to self-ligating braces to learn how you may benefit and if you qualify.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces in that they consist of metal wires and brackets placed over the teeth. However, self-ligating braces don’t contain elastic bands. Instead, they utilize small metal clips to hold the wire in place, eliminating the need for frequent tightening appointments and making for a more comfortable treatment. These braces work by maintaining pressure on the wires through spring-loaded doors on the brackets.

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

There are several benefits to self-ligating braces that make them a preferred orthodontic treatment for many patients, such as:

  • Discreet Appearance: Self-ligating braces offer a sleek and less noticeable appearance than traditional braces.
  • Comfortable Fit: Self-ligating braces tend to offer a more comfortable fit because they adjust on their own, eliminating post-tightening soreness.
  • Short Treatment Time: With self-ligating braces, you can achieve a straighter smile about six months sooner than with traditional braces.
  • Fewer Dental Appointments: Because self-ligating braces don’t require as many adjustment appointments, you’ll spend much less time in the dental chair, saving you time and money.
  • Easy to Maintain: Unlike traditional braces, self-ligating braces don’t include elastic bands, making them much easier to keep clean.

Who’s A Candidate for Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces can help fix the same orthodontic problems as traditional braces. Dr. Snider may recommend self-ligating braces to patients with:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Teeth gaps
  • Jaw misalignment

Frequently Asked Questions

Do self-ligating braces need to be tightened?

Self-ligating braces still need to be adjusted or tightened occasionally. However, they don’t need to be adjusted as often or as much as traditional braces, so your appointments will be less frequent and are often quicker. Self-ligating braces depend more on your body’s natural ability to move your teeth than on the wires and brackets. Because of this, self-ligating braces can be more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

How long does treatment with self-ligating braces take?

In some cases, self-ligating may be a faster treatment than traditional braces by up to six months. Self-ligating braces help your body guide your teeth into their proper position, so you might spend less time in braces if your teeth tend to move quickly.

How much do self-ligating braces cost?

The exact cost of your orthodontic treatment will depend on several factors. Dr. Snider will provide you with a cost estimate at your initial consultation. We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider ahead of time to learn what your plan will cover. You can visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable financing options. We’re proud to accept payments through CareCredit, a third-party financing company designed to help patients cover the costs of their treatments. Applying online is fast and easy, and you may be eligible for aid regardless of your dental insurance status.

Learn How Dr. Snider Can Help Straighten Your Smile

If you want to achieve a straighter smile without the hassle of painful elastic bands, self-ligating braces may be the ideal solution. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Snider, contact our Fort Worth office at (817) 236-8771. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form and a member of our team will be with you shortly.