Self Ligating Braces are braces with brackets that do not need ligatures (the small bands that hold the wire in place). You may also hear them referred to as “speed braces”. Rather than using ligatures or metal ties, the brackets themselves have a sort of trap door that holds the arch wire in place. According to manufacturer's this creates less friction between the wire and the bracket.
Self-ligating brackets have many benefits. A common claim made by the manufacturers of these types of brackets is that they require less frequent office visits. They are also said to be easier to clean and somewhat more comfortable, as there is less resistance between the brackets and the arch wire.
The biggest difference between smile makeovers and full mouth restorations is that smile makeovers are elective, while full mouth restorations are done out of necessity. For the most part, smile makeovers are considered “cosmetic” treatments. Full mouth restorations are considered “restorative dentistry.” However, full mouth restorations often have cosmetic benefits. For instance, we might suggest restoring old fillings with tooth colored fillings, which not only has functional but also cosmetic benefits.