Self-Ligating Braces are dramatically advanced in design and is an entirely new way of treating patients.
Traditional braces often require removal of healthy teeth and the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer and can leave a more narrow arch and a flat profile. Traditional braces are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable.
Self-Ligating braces are different. They don’t use elastics to hold the archwire in place. Instead of elastic bands, Self-Ligating braces use small metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket. This clip mechanism allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the arch wire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and fewer adjustments are required because there are no elastics to replace.
TWO TYPES OF SELF-LIGATING BRACES
Self-ligating braces are a great option for patients needing braces. Your orthodontist can help you determine which type of braces will be most effective for your smile. Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic consultation.
- Passive — Passive brackets have a door or clip that holds the arch wire in place. These brackets exert greater control as the size of the wire increases. These brackets tend to have very low friction and allow the teeth to move without restriction.
- Active — Active brackets have a spring clip that interacts with the arch wire to help move teeth. With very small arch wires, this bracket behaves as a passive bracket with very low friction. As the arch wires become larger, the active bracket offers more control for consistent control of tooth position.