Gaiduchik Orthodontics

Self-Ligating Braces

Orthodontics located in Carmichael, CA

Self-Ligating Braces services offered in Carmichael, CA

Thanks to self-ligating braces, it’s easy to correct alignment problems like crooked or crowded teeth. What’s more, treatment is quick, effective, and pain-free. At Gaiduchik Orthodontics in Carmichael, California, board-certified orthodontist Andrey Gaiduchik, DDS, offers orthodontic treatment with Damon™ self-ligating braces. After an oral exam and a series of 3D X-rays, he can determine if you qualify. To make an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Self-Ligating Braces Q&A

What are self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces are custom oral appliances that speed up the orthodontic treatment process. 

Traditional braces use a combination of brackets, archwires, and rubber bands to place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. Self-ligating braces are different in that they feature a built-in system that holds the archwire in place. That prevents the need for rubber bands, allowing for greater precision.

At Gaiduchik Orthodontics, Dr. Gaiduchik uses Damon™ self-ligating braces. Damon braces are considered the gold standard in orthodontic treatment.

What are the types of self-ligating braces?

At Gaiduchik Orthodontics, Dr. Gaiduchik offers several types of self-ligating braces, including:

Active self-ligating braces

Active self-ligating braces feature a sliding spring clip mechanism. The brackets press against the archwire, applying active pressure on your teeth and jaw.

Passive self-ligating braces 

Passive self-ligating braces have a sliding mechanism that doesn’t press against the archwire. As a result, there’s less force on your teeth and jaw.

Do self-ligating braces require checkups?

Yes. Self-ligating braces still require routine checkups. At each visit, Dr. Gaiduchik performs an oral exam, takes 3D digital X-rays, and monitors your progress. If necessary, he can adjust or replace the archwire. Adjustments modify the amount of pressure placed on your teeth and jaw, improving their alignment and position.

How long does treatment with self-ligating braces take?

Orthodontic treatment with self-ligating braces usually takes 12 months*, but it may take longer depending on the alignment problems addressed. After you’re done wearing braces, you transition to a retainer. A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that prevents your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

To ensure a positive outcome, make sure to attend each of your checkups and carefully follow Dr. Gaiduchik’s instructions.

Are self-ligating braces painful?

Self-ligating braces are safe and usually well-tolerated. After Dr. Gaiduchik bonds the brackets to your teeth, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity. Take over-the-counter pain medication and drink plenty of water. Any pain should subside within a day.

What are the benefits of self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces offer various benefits compared to traditional metal braces, including:

  • Shorter orthodontist visits
  • Easier cleaning
  • Less discomfort
  • Reduced risk of cavities and gum disease

To explore the benefits of self-ligating braces, make an appointment at Gaiduchik Orthodontics by calling the office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.