The main difference between self-ligating braces and traditional braces is that self-ligating braces do not need elastics for tooth straightening, which results in fewer orthodontic appointments, as well as less pressure on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come in multiple kinds of materials. Metal, clear, and ceramic brackets are all available options. Self-ligating braces are the same size as traditional metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics. This helps the archwire to guide the teeth into their correct place. This clip reduces the overall amount of pressure that is being placed on the targeted tooth, which also results in fewer necessary adjustments because elastics won’t have to be replaced.