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What are Self-Ligating Braces?


At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, we only use self-ligating braces. Unlike conventional braces, self-ligating braces do not use elastics or metal ties, known as ligatures, to secure the archwires to the brackets. Instead, they rely on free-sliding technology where special clips or doors help the archwires move your teeth into place.

Conventional Braces


The ties used with conventional braces cause friction and slow down tooth movement, which can lead to lengthier treatment times.

Conventional braces trap plaque and food around the elastics or wires, making oral hygiene more challenging.

The pressure, friction and need for tightening can cause discomfort.

Traditional braces limit how much movement teeth can express and this can lead to the need for the extraction of permanent teeth.

Because of the larger brackets and ligatures, conventional braces are more noticeable.

Appointments are longer and more frequent because the orthodontist has to tighten the wires.

Self-Ligating Braces


Thanks to the precision and mechanics of self-ligating braces, especially when paired with our SureSmile® prescription wires, the teeth move more quickly into place and treatment times are shorter.

Oral hygiene is a breeze because there are no ligatures to trap food and plaque.

Self-ligating braces minimize the friction and pressure on teeth and don’t require tightening, so they’re much more comfortable.

The lack of friction and ease of movement also means we rarely have to extract permanent teeth when using self-ligating braces.

Self-ligating braces are lower profile and a more aesthetic option.

You have fewer appointments and office visits are quicker because the orthodontist simply has to open and close the door on the braces. There’s no tightening involved!
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