What are self-ligating braces?
Traditional metal braces use a system of small metal brackets, thin archwires and elastic bands to move your teeth into position. A metal bracket is attached to the front surface of each individual tooth with an orthodontic adhesive. An archwire then connects each bracket and elastic bands are fitted over them. Working together, these three components apply gentle pressure to your teeth to straighten them.
Self-ligating braces on the other hand use small, integrated clips to hold the archwires in place. This removes the need for elastic bands, which tend to discolour and can trap food and plaque. Elastic bands can also become stretched between visits, losing the precise control of tooth movement necessary for efficient treatment. Self-ligating braces not only move teeth more quickly, but have the added benefit of being smaller and less noticeable.