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Self-Ligating Braces – Richardson, TX

Faster, Smoother,
Easier Braces

For patients who want to straighten their teeth as quickly, effectively, and comfortably as possible, self-ligating braces are often the best choice. The latest innovation in orthodontics, this treatment uses wires held in place using small latches on each bracket as opposed to small rubber bands. As a result, the teeth are able to shift more easily, leading to a faster and shorter treatment. To learn more about self-ligating braces in Richardson, TX and what they could do for you or your child’s smile, Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson invite you to schedule a FREE in-person consultation today.

Why Choose Richardson Orthodontics for Self-Ligating Braces?

  • Board-Certified Orthodontist with 16 Years of Experience
  • Dental Insurance Accepted & 0% In-House Financing
  • Family-Owned & Operated Practice

The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

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  • Smoother Brackets: Traditional brackets often have straight edges that can cause irritation within the mouth. Self-ligating brackets are rounded and much smoother, helping them sit comfortably against the lips and gums.
  • Faster Treatment: Because the wires are held in place with metal instead of rubber elastic bands, they encounter less friction when moving the teeth. Less friction means less resistance, which leads to the teeth shifting faster compared to regular braces.
  • Quick Adjustments: When a patient comes to see us to have their braces adjusted, it only takes a few minutes. We simply open the latches on the brackets and switch out the old wires for new ones. This process is much shorter compared to regular braces, helping patients (and their parents!) save a lot of time throughout treatment.

Understanding the Cost of Self-Ligating Braces

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The cost of self-ligating braces is different from patient to patient. During your consultation, we will provide you with a custom price estimate. We will also talk to you about your payment options, such as financing and insurance. We want the process of paying for your treatment to be as easy as possible!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Self-Ligating Braces

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The biggest factor that influences the cost of self-ligating braces is the extent of the treatment. Just like you would expect with traditional forms of orthodontia, your total cost will be relatively low if your teeth only require minor adjustments. On the other hand, if you are suffering from complex or severe dental misalignment, you can expect a higher overall financial obligation.

Additionally, there is a small chance that you will run into issues with your treatment, such as a broken hinge on one of your brackets. Braces repairs may increase the total cost of your care.

The overall cost of self-ligating braces might be anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to upwards of $8,000.

Self-Ligating Braces vs. Traditional Metal Braces: Comparing Your Options

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Many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost of self-ligating braces tends to be in the same general ballpark as that of traditional metal braces. For most families, either type of treatment is within their budget. However, in some cases, the state-of-the-art technology involved in self-ligating braces could lead to increased costs.

Whether or not self-ligating braces are a good use of your money depends on your personal priorities. If you want to enjoy freedom from rubber bands and short adjustment appointments, your orthodontist is likely to recommend self-ligating braces as the best service for you.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Self-Ligating Braces?

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A number of premium dental insurance plans provide coverage for orthodontic care. In some cases, orthodontic benefits are limited to minors, but there are a handful of policies that cover treatment for adults as well. Bear in mind that a few companies might view self-ligating braces as an elective treatment, meaning that they are less likely offer coverage. Our team is ready to help you understand and maximize your insurance benefits.

If your insurance plan will not lower your out-of-pocket expense for self-ligating braces, you might be able to use your healthcare savings account or flexible spending account instead.

Options for Making Self-Ligating Braces Affordable

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Our team wants to help you afford your care. That is why, in addition to helping you use your insurance benefits to the full, we also offer in-house financing. We might be able to offer a few different payment plan options; we want to find one that works with your monthly budget.

Would you like to learn more about self-ligating braces and their cost? Our team is eager to answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Self-Ligating Braces FAQs

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Self-ligating braces in Richardson are a wonderful treatment option for many patients whose teeth are not well-aligned. Of course, it is understandable if you want to learn more about them before you schedule your consultation with one of our talented orthodontists. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about this treatment. If you would like a more in-depth explanation of anything you discover here, feel free to reach out to us. We are always happy to speak to both current and prospective patients.

Are Self-Ligating Braces More Expensive?

Not always. Just like most types of dental and orthodontic treatment, the price of self-ligating braces can vary from case to case. The cost depends on an array of factors, including the degree of a patient’s dental misalignment. Other issues, such as mishaps during the treatment period, also have the potential to influence overall costs.

Generally speaking, the price of self-ligating braces is in the same ballpark as that of traditional braces. A handful of dental insurance policies even cover self-ligating braces. If yours is among them, our team will be happy to help you file your claims.

Who Is a Candidate for Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces can be used to address a variety of orthodontic issues, including gapped teeth, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, malocclusion, and more. However, they are not suitable for everyone. Particularly severe cases of misalignment may require traditional braces because self-ligating braces apply less pressure to the teeth.

In many cases, whether self-ligating braces are the appropriate treatment for an individual comes down to personal preference. If you want to enjoy comfortable treatment without rubber bands, as well as quick appointments in our office, they may be ideal for you.

How Do Self-Ligating Braces Compare to Traditional Braces?

The biggest difference between self-ligating braces and traditional ones is the fact that traditional braces use rubber bands, whereas self-ligating braces do not. This can greatly affect what you experience throughout treatment. For example, self-ligating braces tend to be more comfortable. However, the locking mechanism on the brackets has the potential to break, which may cause some inconvenience and minor delays in treatment.

Other aspects of treatment, though, are the same between traditional and self-ligating braces. For example, while one or the other might be slightly faster in some cases, their average overall treatment times are roughly the same.

How Should I Care for Self-Ligating Braces?

Similar to traditional braces, you’ll need to be extra-careful about oral hygiene while you are wearing self-ligating braces from your orthodontist in Richardson. Additionally, you’ll have to stay away from foods that might damage your brackets, such as hard, sticky, and extremely chewy items. Because self-ligating braces are more vulnerable to breakage than traditional ones, you’ll need to be highly committed to adhering to the dietary guidelines that come with your treatment.