The Basics of Self-Ligating Braces

William W. Fay, DDS, is the co-founder of MIBA Medical, Inc., a medical aesthetic company committed to enhancing patients’ natural beauty, and owner and practitioner of his own private practice in San Francisco. Specializing in cosmetic orthodontics, William Fay, DDS, primarily uses Forestadent self-ligating clear ceramic brackets for patients with braces.

Self-ligating braces are a relatively new technological advancement. Unlike standard braces, which require rubber bands to hold the wire onto the brackets, self-ligating braces do not require any sort of tie. Instead, they use a specialized clip or movable door that keeps the wire in place. This clip not only decreases the amount of pressure placed on the tooth, it lessens the number of times patients must see their orthodontists for adjustments and elastic replacements. Self-ligating braces are the same size as traditional braces, but they often offer a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

There are two types of self-ligating brackets: passive and active. Passive brackets, often employed at the beginning of treatment, use a smaller archwire, causing less friction and allowing teeth more freedom of movement. Active brackets, on the other hand, have a thicker archwire that moves teeth into the proper position by applying more pressure.


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Possessing dental offices in South San Francisco, American Canyon, and Mountain View, California, William Fay, DDS, serves as a leading figure in orthodontic care throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Fay draws on four decades of experience in the dental field. He continues to advance his knowledge of the field, staying up to date on the latest techniques and technologies. Most recently, Dr. William Fay has embraced the use of the In-Ovation-C system braces, which gently straightens teeth. As a result, treatment is generally quicker, requires fewer office visits, and allows patients to smile confidently, even during treatment. In order to ensure that every patient receives high-quality care, regardless of their financial status, William Fay, DDS, offers convenient payment plans with little or no interest. He gives patients the opportunity to express what kind of payments they can afford to make each month, then does his best to accommodate those needs. In extreme circumstances, Dr. Fay has even offered treatments at no cost to the patient. Passionate about helping those in need, he makes sure anyone who wants top quality orthodontic care is able to receive it. In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. William Fay serves as Director of Pacific Advisors, a San Francisco-based real estate group. He oversees all operations at the firm, which focuses on commercial and industrial real estate throughout California. He has also been Vice President of the San Francisco Planning Commission, a team of seven consultants charged with planning community development in San Francisco. In this role, he worked directly with the Mayor and City Council on various community issues, including transportation, land use, and neighborhood planning.

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