in Littleton, CO

Orthdontic treatments have come a long way since their inception. Braces were associated with unsightly, painful metal brackets. Modern dentistry has made strides in not only metal braces but several other types as well. You can count on our experienced staff at Summit Family Orthodontics to help you find the best option for your smile.

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How Do Braces Work?

Braces exert constant pressure on the teeth and jaw to change their position and alter the smile. The brackets glued to your teeth hold the wires responsible for exerting this pressure in place. As the teeth reposition themselves, the ligaments either stretch or compress. This leaves gaps in the bone that renews through the healing process.

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What Are The Different Types of Braces

There are several types of braces you can discuss with your orthodontist.

Metal Braces

The classic metal braces most are familiar with are smaller and more effective in modern dentistry. While still more noticeable than other options, many of the painful complications associated with them in the past have been reduced or eliminated.

Clear Braces

These braces aren’t see-through but are made of tooth-colored ceramic like a crown or porcelain veneer. These braces are larger than metal braces and can stain depending on your diet and brushing habits. Be sure to follow your orthodontist’s upkeep guidance if these are deemed the best option for your smile.

Self-Litigating Braces

If you’re wondering, “What are self-litigating braces?” You’re not alone. Self-litigating braces also rely on brackets made of either metal or ceramic. Instead of using elastic to hold the wires in place, these braces use a series of doors and clips.

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