Self-ligating aesthetic brackets

Benefits of self-ligating braces

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

  • Shorter orthodontist visits. For traditional braces, individual ligatures must be replaced during an adjustment. Generally speaking, opening and shutting 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.

Self-ligating braces use a built-in mechanism in the bracket to hold the archwire in place. This is in contrast to traditional braces, which use elastic ties or metal wires to secure the archwire.

This aesthetic type of fixed instruments quickly ensures the achievement of beautiful, harmonious teeth in a barely visible / sensible way to the outside world. Nowadays, the need arises in more and more young and adult people to have a wonderful smile. It doesn’t matter how old the patients are, the ambitions are the same: quickly achieve beautiful smile with the least discomfort possible besides the minimum visibility of the orthodontic instrument.

Technical advantages:

  • Aesthetic, transparent ceramic brackets without any discoloration
  • Resistant metal clips
  • Barely noticeable when worn
  • Quick and spectacular treatment result thanks to low friction
  • Shorter treatment time
  • Fast activation
  • Comfortable

Are there any risks or precautions?

There are some potential risks to self-ligating braces. One of these is bracket failure. It’s possible that repeated opening and closing of self-ligating brackets may lead to wear and tear. Because of this, they may not stay closed as well.

If the bracket needs to be replaced, it will require longer appointments and may extend treatment duration.

The other risks associated with self-ligating braces are similar to those for traditional braces and can include:

  • Tooth decay. Food particles can become trapped in any type of braces. This can cause plaque to build up and increase the risk of tooth decay.
  • Reversion. If you don’t wear your retainer after you get your braces removed, it’s possible that your teeth may begin to revert to their old positions.


Who should get self-ligating braces?

Whether you get self-ligating braces can depend on factors like your specific condition, your treatment plan, and your budget.

Your orthodontist can work with you to determine whether self-ligating braces are a good option for you.


For the first few days after you get your braces put on or adjusted, eat soft foods to minimize pain from chewing. 

These foods should be easy to eat:

  • yogurt
  • oatmeal
  • mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower
  • soft-cooked vegetables
  • fish
  • scrambled eggs
  • soft fruit like berries and bananas
  • macaroni and cheese
  • ice cream, frozen yogurt, and smoothies

For as long as you have braces, you will also want to avoid foods that could pop off your brackets. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you stay away from eating hard, chewy, and sticky foods such as:

  • nuts
  • popcorn
  • corn on the cob
  • ice
  • hard candy
  • chewing gum
  • caramels

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