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Self Litagating Braces

08/28/2009

Question:

What are self litigating braces I heard them called speed braces and are they better than normal braces very confusing? My friend has them and they look very different and only goes less often for appointments. Is there reasons why some orthos dont use them?

Answer:

Self ligating brackets are a recent development. The Speed bracket is the first iteration of this concept, hence the name Speed used as a synonym. There is little proof that they are any better than standard brackets, and sometimes doctors have more trouble correcting rotations. There may be a little less friction which is an advantage. They also do not come in plastic form, so for some this becomes a selection process.

I hope this answers your question. Most of us are satisfied with the results we get with our standard prescription bracket.

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Response by:

Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University