Ligature wires vs elastics

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Ligature wires vs elastics

#1 Post by boxerboots »

Is there any disadvantage of using ligature wires to tie in the arch wire, rather than elastics. I just prefer the cleaner look of the ligatures, on non self ligating brackets... but does anyone have any experience of either or both?
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Re: Ligature wires vs elastics

#2 Post by desertd »

I am actually jealous of people with non-self-ligating at times because of the elastic ties. I currently have a lingual arch that uses traditional bracketed bands and my ortho uses wire ties on those. They have a tendency to poke my tongue and/or cause me to wonder what's stuck in my teeth even if I don't have anything stuck there.
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Re: Ligature wires vs elastics

#3 Post by assertives »

I've never had a full mouth of wire ties, just on one tooth that was had the end of a lace back tie. It was such a pain to clean because they don't move. At least with elastics, they are a little flexible and you can get an interdental brush under easily.

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Re: Ligature wires vs elastics

#4 Post by Jethro »

I've had both during my treatment depending on the movement desired and currently have wire ligs (ties) on my upper arch. Not sure if I have a preference, but the wire ligs take much longer to apply and remove than the elastic variety and they seem to collect more food as well.

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