Self-Ligating braces are braces with brackets that do not require ligatures (the small bands that hold the wire in place). Rather than using ligatures or metal ties, the brackets themselves have a trap door that holds the arch wire in place. This creates less friction between the wire and the bracket.
Self-ligating brackets have many benefits. One of the benefits of these types of brackets is that they require less office visits to adjust the wires. They are also easier to clean and somewhat more comfortable, as there is less resistance between the brackets and the arch wire. These kinds of braces are made from stainless steel or ceramic for stability and is smaller in size for aesthetics.The rounded structure improves patient comfort while maintaining overall performance.
Self-ligation allows for a technique using lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth, while resulting in faster treatment times due to its sliding mechanism designed to maximize tooth movement with speed and efficiency.