Dr. Abbink Offers Hi-Tech Self Ligating Braces
SmartClip™ Self-Ligating Braces are part of a new generation in orthodontics. This new type of bracket is computer designed and uses a special nickel-titanium metal alloy that is designed just for you.
Self Ligating Braces:
- Are more comfortable
- Take less time
- Require fewer extractions
- Give you a broader, more full smile
A Breakthrough in Orthodontic Treatment and Comfort
Ordinary braces use “elastic bands” (technical name “ligatures”) to secure an archwire into a slot in each bracket. This is called ligation. The bands can become stained or stretched—requiring your orthodontist to change them. They can also retain food particles, making it more difficult for you to keep your braces clean.
SmartClip™ braces are different. They don’t use ligatures to hold the archwire…they are self-ligating. Instead of elastic bands, SmartClip™ braces use small metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket. So you can forget about the problems associated with elastic bands.
We all would like more time for ourselves. With ordinary braces, part of the time spent at the orthodontist’s office is taken up with the placement and removal of the ligatures. With SmartClip braces, the archwire stays in place without the need for ligatures so you can be in and out of the chair faster, and may even be able to return less often.
You may be surprised, but ligatures can slow down your overall treatment process. Ligatures rub against the archwire and hinder tooth movement. Without the need for ligatures, SmartClip™ self-ligating braces remove this source of friction on the archwire, and this can have a positive effect on total treatment times and required visits.