Townie® Poll

Self-ligating Brackets

Poll conducted from 7/23/2009 To 8/19/2009

Are you using self-ligating brackets routinely?
71 total votes
52%
a. Yes
48%
b. No
When did you start using self-ligating brackets?
34 total votes
44%
a. One to three years ago
21%
b. Four to five years ago
26%
c. More than five years ago
9%
d. I am still considering using self-ligating brackets
What is the major benefit of self-ligating brackets?
34 total votes
26%
a. Shortened treatment time
26%
b. Shortened arch change time
26%
c. Longer appointment intervals
21%
d. Practice marketing
What problems do you encounter with self-ligating brackets?
29 total votes
10%
a. The doors break
28%
b. Calculus on lower incisors prevent doors from opening
28%
c. Difficult to finish de-rotations
17%
d. Difficult to engage large archwires
17%
e. Other
Have you tried more that one self-ligating bracket?
34 total votes
21%
a. We still use the original one we started with
62%
b. We have tried two to three
9%
c. We have tried four to five
9%
d. We have tried more than five
Have gone back to conventional brackets?
29 total votes
24%
a. Yes, after one to two years of trying self-ligation
10%
b. Yes, after three to four years of trying self-ligation
3%
c. Yes, after more than five years of trying self-ligation
62%
d. No, we would not go back to conventional brackets
Which self-ligating system do you use?
33 total votes
27%
a. Damon
33%
b. In-Ovation
18%
c. Smart Clip
3%
d. Dentaurum
6%
e. Speed
12%
f. Other
I think self-ligating brackets are mostly:
36 total votes
22%
a. A great improvement in orthodontic treatment
3%
b. A great marketing tool
6%
c. A great time saver for the patients
19%
d. A great time saver for the practice
36%
e. Overrated
14%
f. Have no real advantage to conventional brackets

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