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Self-ligating brackets

Self-ligating Brackets Invisalign Trio One of the most exciting, recent breakthroughs in orthodontic technology was the invention of self-ligating brackets (braces). Self-ligating braces are braces which do not need the wire to be tied in using elastic or metal ties. This innovation allows Dr. Pagan to be even more efficient with your treatment reducing the average treatment time for patients.

Traditional braces on the left are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Self-ligating braces use a door mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.

Empower Self-ligating Brackets

Self-ligating Brackets Invisalign Trio Here at Dr. Pagan’s office, we use Empower self-ligating brackets. The Empower system is a state-of-the-art treatment modality in orthodontics. It is more than just a different type of brace. In the past, orthodontists would use heavy forces to move teeth. The Innovation System utilizes light forces and low friction to move teeth faster and more gently than ever before. The results are outstanding.


  • Treatment is much gentler – your teeth don’t get as sore
  • Treatment time can be much shorter than with conventional braces
  • Appointments can be up to 8-10 weeks apart – this allows you to miss less school/work!
  • Each appointment is easier and quicker
  • The Empower braces are more esthetic (smaller in size)
  • The Empower System is more hygienic – easier for the patients to keep clean!

Empower system braces are structured in an unique manner and built differently. They have a special free-sliding technology that applies little to no pressure as they are placed on teeth and guided gently into place. Empower braces use self-ligation to control the wires, without manual tightening by Dr. Pagan, so that they are faster, more convenient and more comfortable. With their smooth edges and low profile, this lighter, less visible brace system allows your new radiant smile to show through, even during treatment!