Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are used as an alternative to conventional brackets and help align teeth. Other solutions are lingual braces, clear aligners, metal braces, and others. The choice of braces depends on factors such as maxillary irregularity index exceeding 4mm, no high canines, no spaces in the maxillary arch, eruption of the maxillary teeth, and non-extraction treatment. Treatments using extraoral, intraoral, and intermaxillary appliances are also taken into account, including headgear, maxillary expansion appliances, and elastics.

Benifits of Self Ligating Braces

At our clinic we offer self-ligating braces with plenty of benefits, including low friction, easy and quick ligation, full bracket engagement, robust and secure ligation, and enhanced hygiene and patient comfort. Braces are also effective in reducing frictional resistance meaning that less applied force is required and teeth move freely. Unlike traditional braces, there is no food trapping or frictional binding, and most patients report that treatment is comfortable. There are additional benefits:

  • Expansion devices are not required
  • Fewer visits to the dentist’s office compared to traditional braces
  • Longer time intervals between visits
  • More effective treatment and better results
  • Easier to keep clean than traditional brackets
  • Aesthetic orthodontics
  • Functional and safe post-removal finish


Difference between Traditional and Self Ligating Braces

There are different types of specialized orthodontic hardware that work differently. In any case, hardware is used to apply steady pressure and align teeth over time to move them to their right positions. Traditional braces include 3 components – a tie, an archwire, and the brace itself. An archwire is used to apply pressure and align teeth. The tie is another component that connects the brace to the archwire and is usually made from elastic material. Self-ligating braces are also used to apply corrective pressure but they work differently. The elastic ties are replaced with a movable component that works to hold the wire in place.

There are different types of self-ligating braces, including ceramic, metal, and clear brackets. While they are the same in size as traditional braces, the main benefit for adult patients is enhanced aesthetic appearance. The two main types are active and passive. Active braces apply more pressure to shift teeth to their right position and are more effective. The reason is that they are fitted with a thicker archwire which allows for more control and better results. Passive brackets, on the other hand, are made using a smaller archwire which makes them suitable for the beginning stage of treatment. This is because teeth move freely and less friction is used. At our clinic in Carson City, Nevada, USA we offer self-ligating braces as an effective solution for patients who need brackets. Call or visit our office to schedule an orthodontic consultation.