Self-ligating brackets do not need additional rubber or metal ligatures for merging the wires. The friction is substantially reduced during the tooth movement and leads to less pain and faster tooth movement. This form of bracket is the latest development in firmly-bonded treatment technology. We use Clarity SL or Damon3 Brackets, as these represent a good compromise between aesthetics and functionality.
Especially in the initial phase, self-ligating brackets with their low friction are slightly quicker in certain bad tooth positions.
The first wires are attached more loosely to the self-ligating brackets, so that less force is applied to each individual tooth.
Advantages and disadvantages of self-ligating brackets
- Aesthetic, made half of tooth-colored plastic, half of metal
- About 10-15% shorter treatment times
- Repositioning closer to biological tooth movement
- Healthier for the mouth tissues
- Less pain
- Ideal suitable for extremely tight conditions
Publicly insured patients
Public insurance does not cover everything, but we are up front about informing you about the additional costs in our practice and are happy to advise you about payment options.
Privately insured patients
For private patients the additional costs that may arise depend on your insurance policy.
FinancingFinancing is possible; please ask us about available options. See also Costs
- Somewhat more sensitive than metal brackets
- More expensive