Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, they do not require the use of ligature ties, which means fewer appointments and less friction on the tooth.
Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, or clear brackets. They are smaller than traditional braces, and use a specialized sliding door in place of ligature ties to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
The door helps reduce the amount of pressure placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no ligature ties to replace.
Clear Self-Ligating Braces
Clear braces are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Though they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because clear braces are slightly larger and more fragile than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, clear braces are used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment; plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and contain no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.