Self-Ligating Braces Specialists

Smile Center Silicon Valley -  - Dentist

Smile Center Silicon Valley

Dentists located in Sunnyvale, CA

Self-ligating braces are the latest wave of orthodontic technology offered at Smile Center Silicon Valley. Men and women throughout Sunnyvale, California can rely on John Vellequette, DDS and Stephanie Fung, DDS to design a smile treatment plan that includes self-ligating braces. These specialized braces are more comfortable than traditional braces and are even known for causing little-to-no discomfort. Schedule a consultation to see if you’re a candidate for these revolutionary braces. Book online or over the phone.

Self-Ligating Braces Q & A

Smile Center Silicon Valley

How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Getting braces involves bonding brackets to each of your teeth. Your dental practitioner runs a long wire through each bracket, which forces each of your teeth into proper alignment. Every few weeks or so, you have to schedule an adjustment appointment to have the wire manually tightened.

Not only does this take time out of your busy schedule, but it leaves your mouth sore after almost every adjustment. Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional wire braces.

But instead of brackets and wires that require regular adjustments, self-ligating braces use a specialized slide mechanism. These mechanisms attach the wires to brackets, so teeth move naturally and with less force throughout your treatment.

What are the Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces?

Since self-ligating braces work naturally with the gradual movement of your teeth, they’re known for being more comfortable than traditional braces. Many men and women often prefer self-ligating braces because the brackets are clear. Self-ligating braces are also popular because they:

  • Require fewer adjustment visits
  • Cause less friction
  • Are easier to keep clean and maintain
  • Work faster than traditional braces


In a comparative study, men and women who underwent straightening treatments with self-ligating braces completed their plan more than seven months sooner than those who opted for traditional braces. Generally, the quicker overall treatment plan with these premium orthodontic braces is why they’re so commonly requested.

Which Issues Can Self-Ligating Braces Treat?

Self-ligating braces can treat many of the same issues as traditional braces. These advanced braces may be ideal for you if you have:

  • Minimal to severely crooked teeth
  • Over, under, or crossbite
  • Uneven biting or chewing abilities


Most adults don’t want embarrassing brackets and wires, and because self-ligating braces are barely visible, they’re one of the most commonly requested types of braces for both men and women.

Although Invisalign® aligners are even less visible, not everyone is a candidate for them. Self-ligating braces, on the other hand, are ideal for almost every orthodontic issue or concern.

Schedule an orthodontic consultation at Smile Center Silicon Valley through the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

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