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150 Weiss Road
Ste. 102
Cottleville, MO 63376

ph. 636.447.2083

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating braces

Historically, the only choice in wearing braces was the conventional, bulky type requiring tightening every few weeks. Today, while traditional appliances are still available there are other options for you to choose from.

Self-ligating braces achieve the same basic results, but the self-ligation style is typically easier to tolerate. While traditional braces use materials that are more obvious on the teeth, self-ligating braces, eliminate the need for elastic bands and the braces are less obvious in their appearance.

Self-ligating braces work by using a tiny spring-loaded door to maintain pressure on the archwires. This process applies pressure to the system to gently adjust the teeth to the desired position. Because of the new technology used in self-ligating braces, the need for tightening is eliminated. Because self-ligating braces don't require tightening, the appointments throughout treatment are spaced further apart than with conventional treatment. In many cases actual time during the appointments is also shorter.

Many people who get traditional braces must have several teeth removed in the process. This is to make enough room for crowded teeth. With self-ligating braces this is not typically necessary. While in some cases extractions are needed, it is much less often than with traditional braces. This is due to the self-ligation method using the body's natural ability to adapt during the process. With fewer extractions needed for self-ligation treatment, the end result is often a wider, fuller smile that looks completely natural.

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about dr. bauer

Matthew J. Bauer, DMD, MS is an orthodontic specialist, providing the most advanced orthodontic treatment in St. Charles County.

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the right age

Our treatment philosophy centers around insuring that your child's orthodontic care is timed appropriately for their individual needs

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your first vist

On your first visit, we will provide you with an introduction to our office and discuss your orthodontic concerns and goals.

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We strive to provide a light,fun, warm and welcoming environment. Take a tour of our Cottleville office before you stop by!

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