Braces Without Ligature or O-ties
Self-ligating braces are essentially made from the same materials as traditional braces. The main difference is that self-ligating or tie-less braces do not need ligature or O-ties. This means less friction being placed on the tooth, which in turn, results in fewer appointments with your orthodontist. Self-ligating braces are available in traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. Since they are the same size as metal braces, they provide a more pleasing appearance. This makes self-ligating braces a great option for adult patients.
So How Do Tie-Less Or Self-Ligating Braces Work?
Self-ligating or tie-less braces do not have an O-tie or elastic. Instead, they have a specialized clip or door, that’s used to give support to the archwire while it guides the teeth into their final positions. The clip, or door, helps make the treatment more convenient and comfortable by reducing the pressure placed on each tooth. When ligatures or ties are not present, fewer adjustments are required, and therefore the patient will spend less time in the orthodontic office.
Types of Self-Ligating Brackets
There are two types of self-ligating brackets:
- Passive: A passive bracket uses a rigid door that holds the wire inside the brackets. There is no active pressure applied to the wires, thus making it passive.
- Active: An active bracket uses a clip that actually places force on larger square or rectangular wires. There is a pressure that is exerted on the wire from the bracket in these particular systems.
Self-ligating braces have proved to be a great option for teeth alignment. Drs. Gire and Salmassian will guide you as to what type of braces should be used to achieve the most effective outcome.