Self-ligating braces straighten teeth using brackets and an archwire, without the use of colored rubber bands. Instead of using the rubber bands to connect the brackets to the archwire, self-ligating braces use a specialized bracket that clips directly to the wire. This creates a more streamlined, discreet Self-ligating braces treatment that doesn’t draw as much attention to the orthodontic appliance. Self-ligating brackets come in clear and metal, although the wire is usually metal-colored.
The self-ligating braces installation and treatment process is the same as traditional metal braces: your orthodontist affixes brackets directly onto your teeth, then bends the archwire across them, securing it at either end in specialized metal bands that go around your molars. Instead of connecting the archwire to the brackets with colored rubber bands, however, the self-ligating brackets are designed to hold the wire in place in a specialized slot where the wire slips through.
Self-ligating brackets reduce friction between brackets and wires. It eliminates the use of ligature tie or ‘o’ ring that is used for securing wire in to the bracket. This advanced bracket system can be of metal or ceramic