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Self-Ligating Braces

Similar to traditional braces, self-ligating braces are placed to straighten smiles. However, self-ligating braces do not require any elastic, rubber bands, or metal ties. Instead, special clips and brackets are used to hold teeth in place. Self-ligating braces are the same size as conventional braces, and they come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. Some patients prefer self-ligating braces over traditional braces, because self-ligating braces tend to be more comfortable and require fewer adjustments.

Some other benefits of self-ligating braces include:

  • Less chair time, fewer visits to the orthodontist
  • Less friction and discomfort
  • Less visible, as there are no colored bands, elastics, or metal ties
  • Less of a hassle to clean

The clips of self-ligating braces allow greater movement of tooth movement, reducing discomfort sometimes associated with traditional orthodontics. There are two types of self-ligating braces: passive brackets and active brackets. Passive brackets utilize smaller size arch wire, meaning less friction and more freedom for teeth to move. Active brackets utilize a thicker arch wire, delivering more pressure to the teeth and moving them more efficiently to their correct positions.

If you would like to learn more about self-ligating braces, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

Orthodontic Services in O'Fallon, MO and Highland, IL

Creative Smiles at Winghaven

3011 Winghaven Blvd.
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368
636-561-6035

Smile Design Dental Center

1338 Sunburst Drive
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366
636-272-3503

Highland Family Dentistry

12605 Troxler Avenue
Highland, Illinois 62249
618-882-6405

Deer Creek Dental

2941 Highway K
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368
636-240-0115