Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating Braces in Lawrenceville

Offering the Best Orthodontic Care in Town

Our state-of-the-art orthodontic equipment aligns with our commitment to keeping up with the latest developments in the industry. A prime example of this is our embrace of self-ligation technology. Unlike old-fashioned metal braces, self-ligating braces do not require ties and bands. With lightweight “shape-memory” wires, self-ligating braces speed up the alignment and correction process–and often do so without requiring uncomfortable palatal expanders.

Servicing all of Gwinnett County since 2011, the welcoming team at Koch Orthodontics is ready to greet you with a warm smile. With offices in both Lawrenceville & Loganville, we regularly see patients from surrounding cities, including Monroe, Snellville, and Grayson. If you are interested in receiving orthodontic care from a team committed to offering the latest techniques and technologies, we are your solution.

If you are intrigued by the idea of self-ligating braces, schedule a free consultation with Koch Orthodontics today! We would love to tell you more about this treatment option. Just give us a call at (770) 800-2324 or reach out to us online for more information today!

How Self-Ligating Braces Differ from Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are different from self-ligating braces in many ways Relying upon rubber bands, archwires, and brackets to realign teeth, they may trap food and plaque, build up fiction, apply a less-than-ideal amount of pressure, and are visibly noticeable. Meanwhile, self-ligating braces enjoy the benefits of specially designed clips. Replacing rubber bands, these clips hold the archwires in place. This subtle shift offers many upsides. Self-ligating braces realign your teeth faster, mitigate the pressure placed on your jaw and teeth, and allow you to clean your teeth much more simply. Their brackets and wires are also much thinner and less visible than traditional braces. With clear options, self-ligating braces can be nearly invisible.

There are two specific types of brackets for self-ligating braces:

  1. Active Brackets – With thicker wires, active brackets apply a bit more pressure on your teeth. This reduces the total duration of your treatment as your teeth adjust and align more efficiently. Almost always, self-ligating treatment relies on active brackets during the second half of the process. This provides patients with some time to acclimate before the degree of tightness and friction slightly elevates, which can produce mild discomfort.
  2. Passive Brackets – With thinner and smaller archwires, passive brackets allow teeth to move with less pressure and friction. They are sometimes chosen at the start of treatment to allow teeth to become very gently accustomed to the feel of braces.

Regardless of whether you have active or passive brackets, self-ligating braces are significantly more comfortable than traditional options. Without ligatures holding the brackets, you will not have to fear bands snapping or metal wires poking your gums or mouth. Furthermore, without the potential of elastic ties loosening between orthodontic visits, self-ligating braces apply constant, even pressure. This removes the possibility of wasting time wearing temporarily ineffective.

Why Self-Ligating Braces Are Truly Superior

The biggest contributor of plaque and tooth decay with traditional metal braces is the presence of elastic rubber bands that tie the brackets together. By getting rid of this latex material, you will be able to not only brush your teeth more efficiently, but also deal with fewer problems when eating. Another reason our patients love self-ligating braces is their aesthetic appeal. With the cosmetic benefits of choosing virtually see-through brackets that are resistant to stains and discolorations, you will not need to put up with highly conspicuous metal wires.

With tieless brackets, self-ligating braces feature a cool slide mechanism that allows the archwires to slide comfortably and with ease. The ability to actively adjust the archwires helps decrease friction and tightness and expedites the treatment process. Self-ligating braces can shorten the total timespan of your treatment by up to 6 months. This a significant difference. With fewer visits and adjustments required, you will save time and energy by not needing to frequently visit our offices to get your braces tightened. Your time spent in our office for adjustments will be shorter as well. With self-ligating braces, all we need to do is simply open and close the ‘door’ of your braces. As much as we love to see your smiling face, we would rather have you enjoying other activities of your life.

We are strong advocates for the benefits of self-ligating technology. Give us a call at (770) 800-2324 or reach out to us online today to learn more!

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  • Over a Decade of Experience
  • Flexible Financing Options
  • Proud Partners with Local Organizations
  • State of the Art Technology
  • Spanish-Speaking Team
  • Great Patient Experiences & Results

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  • I’ve been going to Koch Orthodontics for 13 years and they have always taken incredible care of me! The team is kind, they genuinely care about their patients, and they go out of their way to make you feel at home!

    - McKade S.
  • “I had a wonderful first experience/consultation with Dr. Koch and the team. Everyone made me feel comfortable and welcomed me with open arms. I am glad I will be starting this journey with Dr. Koch and the team.”

    - Dominique H.
  • “Dr. Koch and his assistant Robin were awesome! Very friendly and efficient, and answered a lot of our questions- my daughter is the first in our family to get braces.”

    - Diane B.

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