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Self-ligating braces come in either traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets, and are made from the same materials as traditional braces. These type of braces deliver quick results and don’t require frequent visits to the orthodontist. Self-ligating braces differ from traditional braces in that they eliminate the need for bands.

How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Self-ligating braces work by using a tiny spring-loaded door to maintain pressure on the arch wires. This process applies pressure to the system to gently adjust the teeth to the desired position. The need for tightening is eliminated.

Types of Self-Ligating Brackets

  • Passive — Uses a smaller arch wire that creates less friction and allows teeth to move more freely. Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.

  • Active — Uses a much thicker arch wire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth and more aggressively moves them into position. The active brackets also offer more control for consistent, strong results.

Self-ligating braces may be right for you, if you prefer a faster, less painful, and less obvious braces experience. Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic consultation.