Self-ligating metal braces

An excellent option to improve your smile.

These orthodontic devices straighten your teeth more efficiently and comfortably than traditional braces. Instead of using elastics to attach the archwire to your brackets, self-ligating braces brackets clip on the archwire. This approach allows the wire to move more freely, correcting the teeth faster and reducing discomfort.

Who’s a good fit for self-ligating braces?

Almost anyone — including adults and seniors — can use self-ligating metal braces. We even offer them with clear brackets for more discreet treatment. Once children lose most of their baby teeth and have many of their adult teeth, usually between 7 and 14, they can use these orthodontic devices.

At Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics, our board-certified orthodontists will design a personalized self-ligating braces treatment plan to meet your unique dental needs. Our doctors are experts at installing self-ligating braces for a great experience and a beautiful smile. We help you get straighter teeth in no time!

Cost of self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces cost about as much as traditional metal braces, so you can experience their benefits for the same price. Prices will vary based on your unique treatment. We offer affordable payment plans at Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics to provide the perfect smile while staying within your budget.

Braces treatment steps

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    Our first step is to see you in person for an initial consultation. We’ll cover everything you need to know in this appointment, from how we plan to straighten your smile to our flexible payment options.

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    Next up, it’s installation day. We’ll attach metal brackets to your teeth and insert a flexible archwire to start the treatment process. There are two kinds of self-ligating brackets — active and passive. We will often use the smaller and thinner passive brackets first, then switch to thicker active brackets that deliver a little more pressure to align your teeth faster.

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    We’ll set up appointments with you throughout the treatment to monitor your progress. These visits only have to happen every few weeks and take less time than traditional braces, which require elastics replacements.

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    Once your orthodontist is pleased with the results, you’re finished! We’ll remove your self-ligating braces, and you’ll have a smile that you love.

Choose Hanigan & Johnson for your orthodontic needs

For an orthodontist office in the Tomball, Magnolia, and Montgomery, Texas, areas, look no further than Hanigan & Johnson. Our team of orthodontists offers self-ligating metal braces that help you achieve a beautiful smile.