WHAT ARE SELF-LIGATING BRACES?
Self-ligating braces are placed on the teeth like traditional metal braces, with the exception of the ligatures or elastics. No elastics or rubber bands are needed in this type of orthodontics treatment. Special clips are used on the brackets that keep the archwire in place as it moves your teeth into position. Typically, the brackets of self-ligating braces are smaller offering increased patient comfort. Self-ligating braces are easier to keep clean as there are no rubber bands or elastics to trap food particles.
HOW DO SELF-LIGATING BRACES WORK?
Self-ligating brackets are slightly smaller in size as compared to traditional braces. The manufacturers of self-ligating braces have worked to ensure they are smooth and rounded increasing comfortability and reducing spaces where food can get trapped. They utilize a specialized clip instead of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on teeth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace. Overall, self-ligating braces have the hygienic benefit of smooth, rounded brackets reducing spaces where food can get caught.