Ligature braces are classic orthodontic constructions used to correct malocclusion. They were first used to combat various anomalies in the growth of teeth and, despite their venerable “age”, are widely used in dentistry today.
The first braces were created in 1776, for which we should be grateful to the dentist F. Pierre. To correct the occlusion, he used a metal arch, which he attached to the outside of the dentition and tied each tooth to it with tourniquets.
Most patients prefer ligature braces primarily because of their cost, which is significantly lower than that of other orthodontic bite correction structures. But they have other significant advantages, which we will discuss below.
Advantages of ligature braces
Affordable price is not the only advantage of this type of braces.
Their popularity is due to the following advantages:
effective in the treatment of the most complex malocclusion anomalies that cannot be corrected with plates and caps;
suitable for children and adults;
are distinguished by high strength characteristics;
do not change color when eating food containing active pigments;
if desired, the color of the ligatures (elastic bands) can be changed;
multi-colored ligatures make this type of braces popular with children – braces with colored elastic bands allow the child to stand out, thereby getting rid of psychological discomfort.
What are ligature braces?
In this type of bracket systems, ligatures are used to connect the arc with individual elements – elastic rubber rings (in some cases, wire). Ligatures are transparent, white (hardly noticeable against the background of tooth enamel) and multi-colored.
How long does the treatment with ligature braces last?
Each case is individual, so the duration of treatment depends on the nature and degree of the disorder. Usually, braces with ligatures are worn for 1-2.5 years to eliminate defects.
Braces with ligatures: how to install
The procedure consists of several stages:
The first appointment is an examination, during which the orthodontist will have to identify malocclusion and tooth growth anomalies and offer the patient ways to eliminate defects. In some cases, it is possible to do without braces by resorting to the help of an alignment guard or plate.
If during the examination, any diseases of the oral cavity (caries, inflammatory processes in soft tissues) are detected, appropriate treatment is carried out. Installation of braces is possible only in an absolutely healthy oral cavity.
If braces are chosen for treatment, the doctor makes an impression of the jaws and sends it to the laboratory for the manufacture of the structure.
After that, the braces are installed and the arch is activated.
Further, the treatment process takes place according to the plan drawn up by the doctor. The patient periodically visits the dentist to control, replace the ligature, adjust the arc pressure.
Braces Care Tips
The duration and effectiveness of treatment depend on compliance with the following recommendations:
You should brush your teeth after every meal, and this should be done not only with a regular toothbrush, but also with a special orthodontic one.
To care for the oral cavity, you should use additional products: dental floss, irrigators, brushes.
It is necessary to limit the consumption of coffee, wine, juices and other products that contain active pigments. Also, during treatment, solid foods that can damage the bracket system should be excluded from the diet.
Bite correction with ligature braces at Amel Dental Clinic
Summing up, we can say with confidence that ligature or multi-colored braces, as our patients often call them, are an effective orthodontic system for treating a wide range of occlusion defects and dental growth disorders in both children and adults. We will select the optimal system for you based on cost and efficiency, which will make your smile perfect! You can find out in more detail about how much colored braces cost, how the bite is corrected, during the consultation.
To make an appointment with a doctor, fill out an application on the website of the dental clinic Amel Dental Clinic, Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk). You can get a free consultation by phone or through one of the communication channels indicated on the website: Telegram, Facebook, WhatsApp, by e-mail. Prices for our services are indicated in the prices on the website.