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Self-Ligating Braces Specialist

Rad Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Bethesda, MD, College Park, MD, Potomac, MD & Rockville, MD

What if your braces could work faster and be more comfortable? With self-ligating braces — or braces that don’t require hard-to-handle, food-trapping elastics — that’s what Rad Orthodontics delivers. The expert providers in College Park, Potomac, and Bethesda, Maryland, use these advanced braces to straighten your smile with less discomfort in less time. To learn more about self-ligating braces, call the office nearest you or make an appointment online today.

Self-Ligating Braces Q & A

What are self-ligating braces?

With traditional braces, your orthodontist affixes a bracket to the front of each tooth. That bracket is then attached to an archwire by a small but sturdy piece of elastic. The elastic allows the bracket to move along the archwire as it consistently guides your teeth to their ideal position. 

With self-ligating braces, you skip the fiddly elastic components. Not only are these time-consuming to affix to each bracket, but they’re also notorious for trapping food as you eat. Instead of relying on elastic, the brackets of self-ligating braces attach to the archwire by closing a small clip or door on the front of the bracket over the archwire. 

Rad Orthodontics offers a wide range of self-ligating braces, including the following brands:

  • In-Ovation®
  • Damon™ 
  • Empower®
  • SPEED System™

If you’re interested in this type of braces, they can fit you with the right brand for your smile transformation. 

What are the benefits of self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces deliver a few notable benefits:

Faster results

Because the bracket itself is attached to the archwire, these braces deliver faster smile correction. Your exact results will vary based on the orthodontic issue you want to address, but self-ligating braces can potentially shave months off your treatment time. 

Faster visits

With self-ligating braces, each visit to Rad Orthodontics is streamlined. Rather than spending time trying to get small, unwieldy pieces of elastic properly placed in your mouth, your Rad Orthodontics provider just has to snap the small door at the front of each bracket shut. 

Improved oral hygiene

The elastic portion of brackets commonly traps food. Not only does this mar your smile, but it also creates a breeding ground for plaque and tartar. Self-ligating braces save you from the potential embarrassment of food stuck in your teeth and make it easier to keep your mouth clean. 

Are self-ligating braces right for me?

If you’re interested in braces that deliver fast, reliable results, consider self-ligating braces. As smile design experts, the team at Rad Orthodontics can show you all of your options — including various self-ligating braces brands, plus Invisalign® clear aligners and Incognito™ hidden braces — so you can choose the right teeth-straightening option for your current and future smile goals. 

To get started on the way to your ideal smile, don’t hesitate to call Rad Orthodontics or book an appointment online.