Braces with Ligature Ties
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of ligature ties. That means fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but with more options they can provide a more aesthetic appearance. Because of this, they are a great option for adult patients.
How do self-ligating braces work?
Self-ligating braces don’t have an elastic, instead they use a specialized door or clip to hold the archwire as it guides teeth into place. The door or clip lowers the pressure placed on each tooth, making treatment more comfortable. The absence of ties or ligatures also requires fewer adjustments, which means less time spent in our office.
Two types of Self-ligating brackets
- Passive – Passive brackets use a smaller archwire that creates less friction, allowing teeth to move more freely. Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.
- Active – Active brackets use a much thicker archwire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth. This thicker wire moves them into position more aggressively. The active brackets also offer more control for consistent, strong results.
Self-ligating braces are a great option for patients needing braces. Your orthodontist can help you determine what type of braces will be most effective for your smile.