Correcting your crooked teeth and improve oral health

Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that consists of 3 main components – modules, metal brackets and metal wires.

Braces are effective in correcting a wide variety of conditions and provide an array of benefits. On top of the aesthetic benefits of a straighter smile, correcting your crooked teeth can improve your oral health. It ensures that biting pressure is spread out evenly across your teeth, thus reducing premature wear and tear.

Additionally, it is easier to clean and brush your teeth when they are straight as there are no nooks and crannies for plaque to hide.

Self-ligating braces use a built-in system to secure the archwire to the brackets. You may also hear this system referred to as self-ligating brackets.

This ligation method is different from traditional braces, in which tiny elastic bands or metal ties are applied to the brackets to hold the archwire in place. These are called ligatures.

When discussing self-ligating braces, it’s important to know that there are actually two types of self-ligating brackets: active and passive. Both types use a small door or gate-like mechanism to close over the bracket:

  • Active brackets use a sliding spring clip mechanism. They press against the archwire, applying an active force.
  • Passive brackets use a simple sliding mechanism. Unlike active brackets, they don’t press on the archwire.

Benefits of Self-Ligating braces

There are several potential benefits to using self-ligating braces. These include:

Shorter visits

For traditional braces, individual ligatures must be replaced during an adjustment. Generally speaking, opening and shutting of self-ligating brackets during an adjustment is less time consuming.


Easier cleaning

Ligatures can trap food particles in and around your brackets. The absence of ligatures in self-ligating braces may make them a little easier to clean.


Less discomfort

It’s possible that you might experience less discomfort with self-ligating braces than with traditional braces. This is because there’s lesser friction between wires and brackets only (in self ligating braces) compared to friction between wires, rubbers and brackets (in traditional braces).