Self-ligating braces are a specialized bracket system that have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years. The Damon System is a name brand of self-ligating braces available in two different types: self-ligating ceramic braces and self-ligating metal braces. In this article, we will delve into differences between the different types of braces on the market and how they can benefit those in need of orthodontic treatment.
The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces are a popular choice among orthodontists due to some specific benefits. Unlike traditional braces, which require the use of elastic ligatures to hold the archwire in place, self-ligating braces use a specialized bracket system that secures the archwire into place, allowing it to slide freely through the brackets.
Self-ligating braces make for easier and shorter adjustment appointments while the patient is in the chair at the orthodontist office. They may also allow for fewer orthodontist appointments, as the brackets do not need to be tightened as frequently. This can be a plus for busy families or those with multiple children in need of orthodontic treatment.
The Differences Between Self-Ligating Ceramic, Metal, and Traditional Braces
The Damon Braces System and other self-ligating systems typically come in two different types: self-ligating ceramic braces and self-ligating metal braces. Each type has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces
Self-ligating ceramic braces are made from a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material, making them less noticeable than traditional metal braces. They can also be paired with white coated wires. This is often attractive to adults and older teens who want a less conspicuous appearance.
However, ceramic braces can be more abrasive than metal braces and may not be suitable for patients who grind their teeth or certain bite relationships. They can also be more expensive than metal braces making them a less affordable option for some families.
Self-Ligating Metal Braces
Self-ligating metal braces are made from a strong, durable stainless-steel material. They can be decorated with color ties as requested by many children, tweens, and teens.
Unlike ceramic braces, metal braces are less abrasive to tooth enamel and are more suitable for patients with a history of teeth grinding. They are also more affordable than ceramic braces, making them a more budget-friendly option for families.
Traditional braces are what most people are familiar with, consisting of metal brackets and elastic ligatures. These are tried and true and have been used for decades with good success.
Choosing the Right Type of Braces for Your Child
Deciding on the right type of braces for your child can be overwhelming, as there are many factors to consider. It is important to discuss your child’s individual needs and preferences with their orthodontist, who can provide expert advice on the pros and cons of each option. It should also be emphasized that good orthodontic outcomes are not accomplished by the type of material used. Rather, quality treatment and excellent results are dependent on the skill of the orthodontist and orthodontic support staff administering treatment.
Interceptive orthodontics is a type of treatment that is used to address certain orthodontic problems in children while they are still growing. The goal of interceptive orthodontics is to prevent more serious problems from developing and to make future treatment more effective.
This type of treatment can include things like correcting the position of the jaws to improve the bite relationship, using palatal expanders to create more space in the mouth, saving space for permanent tooth eruption with space maintainers, and guiding eruption of teeth to prevent impaction of teeth in the jaws. It can also be done to improve the esthetic appearance of younger children if social concerns are present. Interceptive orthodontics is typically done between the ages of 7 and 11, before all the permanent teeth have erupted.
It is recommended that a child see an orthodontist for a consultation at age 7. This is around the time when the first adult molars have erupted and the permanent front teeth start to come in. At this age, Dr. Ryan Redford can evaluate the child’s bite, the amount of space for teeth, and determine if there are any potential problems that should be considered early on.
Early treatment can help prevent more serious problems from developing and can make future braces treatment for kids more effective. Additionally, Dr. Redford can provide advice on how to care for the child’s teeth and mouth as they continue to grow and develop.
Recommended Age for a Child to Get Self-Ligating Braces
It is generally recommended that most or all the permanent teeth erupt before a full mouth of self-ligating braces are placed. Every kid is highly unique, however, and placing a partial mouth of braces may be advised for kids as young as seven years old.
How to Find the Best Orthodontist for Your Child or Teenager
When looking for an orthodontist that best suits your family, there are a few things a parent should consider. First, look for an orthodontist who is qualified and experienced. Check if the orthodontist is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, which requires members to have completed an accredited orthodontic program and pass a written and clinical exam. Dr. Redford is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and specializes in orthodontics for patients of all ages.
Another thing to consider is whether the orthodontist is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. If you assumed all orthodontists are board certified, you are not alone. Currently, only 50% of the American Association of Orthodontists members have taken the voluntary step to achieve their board certified status. Board certification is one way you can ensure your doctor is an orthodontic specialist, confirming their commitment to the lifelong learning process of board certification.
Board certified orthodontists have committed themselves to you and your orthodontic treatment to provide the highest level of care. In addition to dental school and an accredited orthodontic program, they have successfully completed a voluntary, rigorous exam process. The American Board of Orthodontics is partnered with the American Association of Orthodontists and is recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards as the national certifying board for Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
A board certified orthodontist is committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure quality work. Board certified orthodontists must also renew their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to life-long learning and excellence.
Another thing to consider when looking for an orthodontist is their approach to treatment. Different orthodontists may have different philosophies and methods, so it’s important to find one who aligns with your goals and preferences. Ask the orthodontist about their treatment philosophy and the types of treatments they offer. Beware of those that offer only one type of treatment or system or makes claims that seem too good to be true.
Consider the office environment and staff, as you will have several visits to the office during treatment.
Our staff receives great reviews from patients for their friendly demeanor and helpfulness.
“Dr. Redford is an excellent orthodontist! He’s kind and cares for you. The office is well kept and clean. The staff Is helpful and kind as well. I highly recommend this office! They’re efficient and well educated in what they do. There was no pain during the process. No delays in any part of the process. I will bring my other child here for braces!” A. Delgado
Burke & Redford Orthodontists has been helping transform smiles since 1991 in Riverside County. We have offices located in Temecula and Lake Elsinore, California, for your convenience. Call (951) 699-8011 for a free orthodontic consultation or fill out the appointment request form on our website anytime.