Self-ligating brackets have some advantages over traditional metal braces.
The primary difference is that they do not use elastics or metal ties to connect the archwire to the brackets. There are several potential benefits to choosing self-ligating brackets if it is determined that they are a good option for your treatment.
- Aesthetics – Self-ligating brackets may appear smaller than traditional brackets.
- Cleaning – The absence of elastics and ties can it easier for patients with self-ligating braces to keep their teeth and braces clean, although special care and attention to daily cleaning is important with any type of orthodontic treatment.
- Appointment Time – Adjustment appointments are often shorter with this efficient system due to the specialized brackets that hold the archwire within the bracket.
- Treatment Time – Overall treatment time with self-ligating orthodontic brackets is often shorter than that of traditional metal braces.