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Aust Dent J. 2009 Mar;54(1):9-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2008.01081.x.

Self-ligating brackets in orthodontics: Do they deliver what they claim?

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Self-ligating brackets have enjoyed recent popularity in the orthodontic marketplace with various claims made including faster ligation, lower friction, faster treatment, less pain, waking up the tongue, and fewer appointments. Although various designs of self-ligating brackets have been available for many years they have only recently surged in popularity on the back of these claims but what evidence is there to support these claims? This review article examines the current available evidence regarding treatment duration, influence on archform, and the speed of tying and untying self-ligating brackets compared with conventional brackets and methods of ligation.

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