• Self-Ligating Braces

  • Self-Ligating braces generally require fewer modifications, meaning less time in our office. Created from the same materials as metal braces, self-ligating braces utilizes clips instead of elastics, applying less pressure on your teeth. This is a more comfortable and generally faster approach to traditional brace. You can choose from ceramic, metal, or clear brackets depending on your personal preference. These options make self-ligating braces even more discreet.

    How do self-ligating braces work?

    With traditional braces, an elastic is used to hold the archwire in place, while self-ligating braces use a clip. This creates less friction on your teeth and gently forces your them into alignment. Since you don’t have elastics to change or modify, you don’t have to come into our office as often. Self-ligating braces tend to be less bulky and require less upkeep than traditional metal braces, giving you an overall easier treatment process.

    There are two types of self-ligating brackets

    • Passive — Passive brackets reduce friction and allow teeth to shift with ease. They are generally placed at the start of your treatment to initiate alignment.
    • Active — Active brackets use a thick wire and controlled force to align your teeth more rapidly.

    You may benefit from self-ligating braces if you are seeking a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist will be able to walk you through your personal pros and cons of self-ligating braces. Call us today at (208) 323-4800 to book your consultation.