Self-Ligating Braces

Treatment & Care

What are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-Ligating Braces are an advancement in orthodontic treatment and are an entirely new way of improving a patient’s smile.

Traditional braces are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, which in certain cases, can make treatment slower and less efficient.

Self-Ligating braces are different. They don’t use elastics to hold the archwire in place. Instead of elastic bands, Self-Ligating braces use small metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket. This clip mechanism can allow teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.


How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

While traditional and Self-Ligating braces attain the same results, the way in which those results are achieved is different. Traditional braces use a process that requires a patient to return to the orthodontist every six to eight weeks to have them tightened and to increase tension and gently move teeth.

Self-Ligating braces work by using a tiny spring-loaded door, or clip, to maintain pressure on the archwires. This process automatically applies pressure to the system to gently adjust the teeth to the desired position. Because of the advanced technology used in Self-Ligating braces, there is less friction when moving teeth.

Doshi Orthodontics Offers the Following Systems


Self-Ligation Options

Self-Ligating braces are a great option to consider for any patient, even those with more complex needs or unique circumstances. Your orthodontist will provide a full consultation and help you determine which option will be most effective for your smile. We have provided a description of the two types of Self-Ligating braces available so you may remain informed.



Passive brackets have a door or clip that holds the arch wire in place. These brackets exert greater control as the size of the wire increases. These brackets tend to have very low friction and allow the teeth to move without restriction. Passive Systems are available in both clear and metal finish. Other options may be available—please ask Dr. Doshi.



Active brackets, sometimes referred to as “Interactive”, have a spring clip that interacts with the arch wire to help move teeth. With very small arch wires, this bracket behaves as a passive bracket with very low friction. As the arch wires become larger, the active bracket offers more control for consistent tooth position. Active and Interactive Systems are available in both clear and metal finish. Other options may be available—please ask Dr. Doshi.