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Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, they do not use elastics, which means that you have fewer orthodontic appointments and there is less friction placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic or clear brackets and are the same size as metal braces. Visit Rendon Orthodontics in Frisco or Allen and ask us if self-ligating braces are right for you!

How do self-ligating braces work?

Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and decreases the number of adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

What types of self-ligating brackets are there?

  • Passive — Passive brackets use a smaller archwire that creates less friction and allows teeth to move more freely. Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.
  • Active — Active brackets use a much thicker archwire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth and more aggressively moves them into position. The active brackets also offer more control for consistent, strong results.

Self-ligating braces are a great option for patients needing braces. Your orthodontist can help you determine what type of braces will be most effective for your smile. Request a consultation at Rendon Orthodontics in Allen or Frisco today!