Self-ligating braces are another type of fixed braces. Unlike traditional braces that use elastic ligatures to hold the archwire, the self-ligating brackets have a built-in clip mechanism to engage the wire. The sliding mechanism provides several benefits to the self-ligating braces in comparison with the traditional fixed brackets:
- Smaller attachments – the sliding mechanism allows for slightly smaller brackets, which means that the self-ligating brackets cover less of the tooth’s surface.
- Fewer hooks – Furthermore, the self-ligating braces have fewer hooks and pointing edges than the traditional braces, resulting in a softer attachment design, making the bracket’s surface gentler to the soft tissues and more comfortable.
- Easier to keep good hygiene – The elastics of traditional braces are found to entrap food and cumulate plaque. In comparison, the self-ligating braces have a metal sliding mechanism instead, making them slightly easier for maintaining and keeping good oral hygiene.
- Shorter appointments duration – The lack of elastics means that during your regular appointments, your orthodontist can spend less time removing the old elastics and replacing them with new ones. Instead, they can just pop the bracket open and adjust the wire as necessary.
The self-ligating braces are offered in both metal and ceramic brackets, allowing you to choose how you want your braces to look based on your personal preferences.
We will see you for an initial consultation. At this appointment, your specialist orthodontist will do a thorough examination of your case. We will take photos and X-rays and complete a comprehensive assessment. This will allow your orthodontist to see if you are dentally fit to start orthodontic treatment.
With the information from your assessment and our conversation, we will create a treatment plan. This plan is the guideline which we’ll use to guide us throughout your treatment. It will contain information about the projected duration, benefits, and associated costs. You can add a range of additional services to your treatment plan such as hygiene sessions, to make it fit your needs perfectly.
When you agree to the proposed treatment, we will schedule your first appointment to begin your treatment. At this first appointment, your orthodontist will fit the brackets to your teeth by bonding each bracket to each tooth. We will then connect them using an archwire to create the desired tension on the teeth. Should you need any general dentistry work and a dental hygiene session, we are happy to book this for you prior to your first appointment or if the schedule allows it on the same day.
Once your braces are fitted, we will continue seeing you for regular appointments approximately every 5 to 8 weeks, depending on your specific treatment needs. During these regular appointments, your orthodontic therapist will be adjusting the braces and wires. We will also monitor the overall health of your teeth and gums, making sure you will complete your treatment by having a healthy, beautiful smile.
At the end of your treatment, when your teeth and your bite have been appropriately adjusted, we will remove your braces. To ensure the retention of the achieved results and avoid relapse, we will place a fixed retainer. The fixed retainer is a thin wire bonded to the back of the upper and lower front teeth. It keeps them together and prevents them from moving, and you’ll never know it’s there!
We will also provide you with a set of removable retainers for you to wear overnight. The removable retainers are clear thin aligners that go over your teeth. They will help ensure your teeth are protected from moving and prevent you from grinding and applying forces that might affect the achieved results. Finally, we will see you for regular appointments approximately every three months during the first year post your orthodontic treatment. These appointments aim to closely monitor how your teeth behave post-treatment and react promptly if there are any changes.
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Dr Kia Papagalani loves enhancing the lives of her patients at Moira Wong Orthodontics! She believes that “our smiles are the expression of our happiness to the world and this is why they have become a “universal welcome”. She feels that if she can help in creating some of that happiness, there is no greater calling!
Her entire career is dedicated to ensuring that her patients and their families have the most positive experience possible during their orthodontic journeys.
Dr Kia completed her Speciality in Orthodontics and Master’s in Science, researching advanced orthodontic techniques at Ohio State University (USA).
She has specialised in providing treatments for complex and interdisciplinary cases. With over 25 years of experience in premium orthodontics, Dr Kia is an expert in a wide range of treatment options and techniques such as Custom made Labial Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces and Incognito lingual braces, Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligners for teens and adults, aesthetic self-ligating braces(Damon system),3-Dimensional appliances, accelerated Orthodontics.
Dr Kia Papagalani maintains several professional memberships including the American Association of Orthodontists and the British Orthodontic Society and she is also a Clinical Lecturer for the Master’s in Clinical Orthodontics at the College of Dentistry University program.
She has demonstrated a special interest in facial-driven orthodontics, non-extraction treatments, and smile aesthetics. It is very important to Dr Kia that she stays at the forefront of orthodontic technology and advancements. It is of the utmost importance also to her to stay involved in continuing education and research. By doing so, she can continue to provide her patients with the exceptional care and remarkable final results that custom made treatments offer. An incredible opportunity and service to her patients which ensures she is always at the cutting edge of what Orthodontics can do for your smile.
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