What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

With so many different kinds of braces available these days, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. Self-ligating braces are a reasonably popular option for people who want to achieve straighter teeth, and they are a more advanced form of traditional braces. 

But how do self-ligating braces work? How much do they cost? And do they offer any special benefits? 

What Are Self-Ligating Braces? 

Self-ligating braces (also known as Damon Braces) consist of metal brackets and wires, much like traditional braces. They feature a spring-loaded door that holds a metal archwire in place, as opposed to the rubber bands that traditional braces use. 

This makeup creates a more streamlined appearance that isn’t as bulky or bright as conventional braces. Self-ligating brackets are also available in a clear colour, which can further add to the discreetness of the device. 

How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Just like traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces work by applying gentle pressure to move the teeth over time. The sliding mechanism of the braces responds to the shifting of your teeth and guides them toward the desired position. This advanced technology means that self-ligating braces require fewer adjustments than conventional braces. However, they do still require periodic adjustments by a dentist or orthodontist, who may also replace or adjust the archwire over the course of treatment. 

What Issues Can Self-Ligating Braces Fix?

As they are so similar to traditional braces, self-ligating braces can generally fix most forms of misalignment, including: 

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gapped Teeth
  • Open bite

However, it’s worth noting that self-ligating braces alone may not be the best treatment option, and many factors can affect a patient’s suitability. You should speak to a dentist or orthodontist to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for self-ligating braces.  

How Much Do Self-Ligating Braces Cost? 

Self-ligating braces generally cost around the same as conventional braces, between 13,000kr and 45,000kr. The similarity in cost can be attributed to the technology used, which is very similar for both treatments. Self-ligating braces may require fewer trips to the orthodontist, balancing the cost of the slightly more expensive technology. 

However, it’s worth noting that these prices can increase if the patient wishes to have clear components instead of metal-coloured. 

If cost is a concern for you, you can book an appointment with an expert dentist or orthodontist who will advise you on funding options. If discreetness is your main priority, you may also wish to explore the alternative option of clear aligners

Are Self-Ligating Braces Painful? 

Like most forms of orthodontic treatment, self-ligating braces may cause slight discomfort after tightening or first application, but this pain usually subsides within a few days as your mouth adjusts. 

The mouths soft tissues may also rub against the metal parts of Damon Braces from time to time, which can lead to pain, discomfort, or mouth sores. 

What Are The Pros and Cons of Self-Ligating Braces?


  • Fewer colours and components make them less noticeable than traditional braces
  • Clear-coloured options are available for further discreetness
  • Smaller brackets may be more comfortable for the wearer
  • Fewer trips to the dentist or orthodontist are needed throughout the treatment
  • The absence of ligatures in the braces may make them easier to clean
  • The wearer may experience less discomfort compared to traditional braces as the edges are smoother


  • May cost more than traditional braces for complex cases
  • Can cost more if the wearer wishes to have clear-coloured components
  • The locking mechanism may stick or break, requiring repair or replacement. This will prolong the treatment time
  • Metal components may rub against the soft tissues of the mouth, causing discomfort or mouth sores

What Are The Alternatives To Self-Ligating Braces? 

There are many alternatives to self-ligating braces, including clear aligners, lingual braces and ceramic braces. One kind may be more suitable for your case than the other, so it’s best to speak with a dentist or orthodontist before making a decision. 

Are Self-Ligating Braces Right For Me? 

Self-ligating braces may be a good option for you if you want an affordable orthodontic treatment that’s slightly more discreet and comfortable than traditional braces. However, Damon Braces may not always be the most suitable option for your case, so you should speak to an expert to find out. Why not book an appointment with a local dentist or orthodontist? They will advise you on the available options, and provide you with a reasonable estimate of treatment length and cost. 

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