Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional orthodontic braces in their material make-up and have the same basic function. As with traditional metal braces, there are several variations of self-ligating braces. Self-ligating means that the bracket can basically tie itself to the archwire.
There are no metal or elastic ties necessary with self-ligating braces as a built in “trap door” can be slid or flipped closed to engage the wire. This trap door holds the wire loosely in position, which reduces friction, but also allows less control of tooth movement. Two of the most popular types of self-ligating braces systems are Damon braces (Ormco Corp.) and In-ovation braces (GAC International, LLC).
Many orthodontists prefer these self-ligating braces because it is less time consuming to tie in wires at each appointment. There are some variations of self-ligating braces that are partially made of ceramic material to resemble clear braces, but most contain a metal base.
Depending on the orthodontic office, self-ligating braces may or may not cost more than traditional metal braces. Because of slightly different orthodontic treatment technique with traditional metal braces compared to self-ligating braces, many orthodontists will typically only offer one or the other. Therefore, if for some reason you really want self-ligating braces, you may be disappointed that the orthodontist you like may only offer traditional metal or clear braces. To find an orthodontist near you, you can try searching our orthodontist directory.
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Dr. Charchut is a Board Certified Orthodontist practicing in both Lansing and St. Johns, Michigan. Read more about Dr. Charchut.