There’s always something new happening in the field of Dentistry. And when it comes to Orthodontics, technological advances are being made in designing of the braces to get better alignment of teeth. So what are these Self-Ligating braces? And how are they different when compared to traditional braces?

Self-Ligating braces have been in the market for a couple of decades but few are aware of its advantages. As more Orthodontists gain knowledge regarding these braces they are much more comfortable using them. These are self-adjusting braces, that is; they do not need elastic/rubber bands for the wire to be snuggly fit to the bracket. There are no elastics or metal ties, instead special clips are designed on the bracket itself! They are available in both metal and ceramic to meet your aesthetic needs.


  • Reduced treatment time
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Fewer appointments
  • Lesser chair-side time
  • Easier to clean
  • Predictive treatment outcome


  • Higher cost
  • Initial irritability may be experienced by some patients similar to traditional braces

Who can use them?

As it is placed on to the teeth similar to the traditional braces, it can be worn by anyone who wants to get a better smile, from teens to adults!

Which are the Self-ligating Bracket systems commonly used?

At Zen Orthodontic and Dental Care, we strive to deliver the best to our patients. We use the following systems:

  • Damon braces from Ormco
  • SmartClip braces from 3M

If you are looking for the most efficient system that will get you in and out the faster, with no concern for higher cost, these systems would be best for you. Ultimately, the choice in selecting between self-ligating braces and traditional braces is all about what is recommended by Dr. Anitha Alageshan, our full time resident Orthodontist and Clinic Director.

After all things said and done, no matter the type of brackets, any treatment is better than no treatment at all!

Dr. Anitha Alageshan is a proficient user of these Self-ligating braces. For appointments, call us at: 080-48655431 or visit our website at

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