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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

Smile Design Dental Center

1338 Sunburst Drive
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366

Highland Family Dentistry

12605 Troxler Avenue
Highland, Illinois 62249

Deer Creek Dental

2941 Highway K
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368