Dr. Bieszki has used self-ligating Innovation R and C braces since he founded Macomb Orthodontics in 2007. The difference between the older technology of traditional twin brackets that require frequent tightening of the wire in the slot and newer self-ligating braces has to do with the mechanism to tie the wire into the slot in the bracket.
Older twin brackets require either steel ligatures to be tied to all brackets individually (and this can be painful initially, often results in the ligatures poking the lip, etc.), or elastomeric modules or O rings (usually colored) to tie the wire in place. “O” rings are plastic, and thus deteriorate in shape and strength. They need to be changed every four weeks to be fully effective in tying in the wire to the bracket, so this means monthly visits to an orthodontist.
Self-ligating braces have built-in metal clips that function to tie the wires into the slots in the brackets. They don’t poke the lips like ligatures often do, and since they are metal, once the clips are closed on the brackets they stay fully active in seating the wire into the slot. This means that since the doors are closed at wire placement, the patient doesn’t have to return to the office as frequently for adjustments to “tighten” the braces (four weeks vs. eight to 12 weeks between appointments).
Dr. Bieszki chooses to use self-ligating braces for increased comfort to the patient (no ties to poke the lips), and for increased efficiency in requiring fewer patient visits to complete the treatment. While we place “color” on the braces per request of the patient, they rarely have functional significance and are just for fun for our patients.
Innovation R Self Ligating Braces: your choice, NO COLORS or COLORS
Innovation C Clear Self-Ligating Braces
Innovation C Braces
Innovation R Braces