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Braces for Adults and Kids

Clear Braces, Speed Braces, and Traditional Metal Braces
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3 Types of Braces in Bellevue

Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are an esthetic option for some patient. We employ the SureSmile system with all of our orthodontic brackets in order to customize our treatment to each patient. This allows us to maximize the quality of the treatment result while minimizing the treatment time.

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Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel or gold, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

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Speed Braces

SPEED Braces have revolutionized orthodontics by eliminating the need for the elastics that traditional braces require to straighten teeth. Instead, SPEED Braces use an innovative Spring Clip to straighten teeth. The SPEED Spring Clip applies a light continuous force to gently move teeth. The result is greater patient comfort, and potentially fewer appointments and faster treatment. SPEED Braces are also the smallest metal braces available today, so they are more hygienic than standard braces, and they look fantastic!

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Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.

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