If you had to wear traditional metal braces yourself as a kid, you probably remember dealing with annoying o-shaped rubber bands called “ligatures” that sprang off at the worst possible times. They tended to gunk up with food as well, making it tough to clean your teeth and gums. Thank heavens those days are gone.
Today’s metal speed braces look small, sleek and jewel-like. You’ll sometimes hear people call them “tie free braces.” Ligation simply means “to bind,” so we sometimes also refer to speed braces as “self-ligating brackets.” This technology allows the braces’ arch wire to slide back and forth freely using a “door” to secure it. Goodbye railroad tracks, erratic rubber bands and painful metal tie wires!
At Burleson Orthodontics, we use In-Ovation self-ligating brackets. These advanced metal or clear ceramic twin brackets use a special built-in clip. Specific kinds of arch wire apply pressure to activate this clip, which then delivers just the right amount of pressure to each tooth. Because of that, you’ll notice fast, highly targeted results.
Take a look at the image to the left. See the round arch wire in the bracket’s rectangular slot with the clip resting outside of it? That’s the way it looks early in treatment.
Later on, like the image to the right, we’ll apply a regular arch wire that seats more firmly in the slot and engages the clip more accurately.
But you don’t need to remember these details. Leave the “how” to us. With speed braces, you will need fewer orthodontic adjustments, leaving more time to do the things you want.
If you want to explore our orthodontic practices - where we offer wide and generous payment options, where we give back to the community every day with our patients’ enthusiastic support, where we offer convenient hours and “drop in” service, and where we guarantee your or your child’s beautiful new smile for a lifetime … Burleson Orthodontics can help you in a number of ways:
1. Instantly answer these short online questions to tell whether Burleson Orthodontics is a good fit for you or your child.
2. Download Dr. Burleson’s popular report: Does Your Child Really Need Braces?
3. Call 816.759.0123 to schedule a completely free exam, consultation & digital X-rays (regularly $249).
4. Contact the office via our online form or call 816.759.0123 with your questions.