What Braces To Choose For Your Treatment: Self-ligating Or Self-regulating?

We continue the search for the Philosopher’s Stone. Each hero has his own stone. For a person with jagged teeth, the “miracle of braces” is a life elixir. What should such braces be able to do? They should be able to turn uneven teeth into even, but always without removing teeth. Not only will the teeth become even, the proportions of the face should also improve: the lips are plump, the chin is beautifully defined, and the snow-white beads of the teeth must occupy the entire lumen of the smile. It’s enough to carefully work on Google and after 30-40 minutes you will come across information about self-regulating braces. If the braces are SELF-REGULATING, then you will get everything you want. And if you’re lucky, then in your area there will always be an orthodontist who works with such self-regulating systems.

What does SELF-LIGATION mean?

The word “ligation” means to tie. If you attach the arc to the bracket, then the tooth will begin to move after the arc. If you do not ligate (do not bind), then the tooth is not turned on the bracket system and will not move.

There are two types of ligation:                      

  1. The doctor puts on an elastic ring or wire on the wings – this is required by classic braces;
  2. The doctor closes the bracket lid – this is required by self-ligating braces.

Both types of ligation move teeth equally.

Therefore, when we consider the disadvantages of treatment with self-ligating braces, understand that the same disadvantages can occur during treatment with any other forms of bracket systems.

New treatment plan

  • Re-glue those braces that did not match the correct position
  • Set all teeth in their own position
  • Restore the middle line
  • Normalize dentition
  • Used ligature braces in combination with the remnants of self-ligating braces
  • Treatment of normalized occlusion and interdental angle
  • Get the correct ratio of teeth of the upper and lower jaws
  • The treatment normalizes the proportions of the face, so the smile improved
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The result could be better if, from the very beginning of the treatment, success was based on a properly planned course of treatment.

What is the secret to the success of orthodontic treatment?

A profile photo demonstrates errors in treatment that led to the displacement of teeth forward. Our plan involved the removal of premolars. The teeth are not removed in order to explain to the patient that there will be gaps between the teeth at the end of the treatment! For some reason, this question bothers everyone who hears about removal. No, we use the space freed up after removing the premolars to move other teeth there. It allows:

  • Normalize the midline
  • To achieve the correct ratio of teeth of the upper and lower jaw
  • Set all teeth in one flat oval and do not bend the teeth forward
  • On the contrary, we normalize the profile of a person and improve the ratio of teeth and lips
  • Which means we harmonize the smile


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