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Still creating beautiful smiles after all these years.
Metal braces have been around for decades, and they are still the most popular way to get a straight, healthy smile. But the braces kids are wearing today are much different than the ones their parents had.
Braces Have Changed for the Better
All of the silver braces we use at Smith Orthodontics are made with stainless steel, which is safe and durable. Brackets are bonded to teeth using a medical-grade adhesive that is removable when treatment is over. The brackets themselves are much smaller than they were 20 years ago, making them more comfortable and less visible.
Even the way we fit you for braces is different. Instead of taking messy impressions, we use a scanner to take digital images of your mouth.
Gone are the days of plain tan rubber bands on braces. Today’s teens can choose from a wide range of colored bands to attach the wires to their brackets. These bands can be mixed and matched to create combinations such as:
- Sports team colors
- School colors
- Holiday colors
- Favorite colors
Bands are changed at every follow-up appointment to ensure the right pressure is being put on the teeth, so kids (and adults) and change their braces colors every 8 to 10 weeks.
If you prefer not to have bands on your brackets at all, we offer self-ligating braces. Each bracket on these braces has a gate that holds the wire in place, eliminating the need for bands. This system provides a sleeker look and can make keeping your braces and teeth clean more manageable.
How long you need to wear braces depends on what issues need to be fixed. Treatment time generally lasts from eight months to two years.