3M launches clear self-litigating braces

3M Unitek has introduced Clarity SL braces -- clear, self-litigating braces made from translucent ceramic. These braces use a clip to hold the wires in place eliminating the need for elastic bands (ligatures).

"For the first time, adults and children who need braces no longer have to trade off looks or performance to achieve a beautiful smile," said Anoop Sondhi, D.D.S., M.S., an orthodontist in a press release. "Clarity SL braces are an important new option, especially for teens and adults, who often want less visible braces and [want] to get their braces off as quickly as possible."

According to 3M, the self-litigating design allows for easier and more comfortable movement of teeth into position, easier brushing, elimination of elastic band stains, and better oral hygiene. Self-litigating braces need to be adjusted only every two or three months, while regular braces need to be adjusted every four to six weeks. Also the clip mechanism makes it easier to insert and remove the wire, reducing chair time.

"Today, most patients and their parents have extremely busy schedules, and it can be difficult finding the time or taking off from work or school for frequent adjustments and changing ligatures," said Dr. Patrice Pellerin, an orthodontist, in a press release by 3M. "The convenience of fewer and faster appointments over about 14 to 18 months of total treatment with Clarity SL braces is a great service to patients and orthodontists."

The Clarity SL braces are available in the U.S.

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