3M SmartClip™ SL3 brackets are a type of self-ligating brackets. This means that the wire is held in place not by elastic bands or metal ligatures, but by a special clip system that appears in the image (click on the image to see an animation).
Advantages of self-ligating brackets:
1. Changing wires is much easier
As no elastic ligatures are used, one wire is removed and another is put in with no need to change any elastic bands.
2. Less time at the dentist
Changing wires is faster, and so you waste less time in the orthodontist’s chair.
3. They make hygiene easier
These brackets are more hygienic for the same reason that no elastic bands are worn.
4. They move the teeth delicately and efficiently
SmartClip™ SL3 brackets use very slight forces to move the teeth, and so they are less bothersome, more comfortable and designed to move the teeth faster.
As no elastic bands are used, they look cleaner and are less noticeable.