Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of alastic ties, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the teeth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but with provide a more aesthetic appearance, particularly for adult patients.
How do self-ligating braces work?
Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of alastics ties to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the teeth, and decreases the number of adjustments because there are no alastics to replace.
There are two ways self-ligating brackets work
- Passive ligation — Passive ligation uses a smaller archwire that creates less friction and allows teeth to move more freely. Passive ligation is often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.
- Active ligation — Active ligation uses a thicker archwire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth. Active ligation offers more control of root positions.
Self-ligating braces are a great option for patients needing braces. Your orthodontist can help you determine what type of braces will be most effective for your smile. Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic consultation.