Getting Started With Self-ligating Braces

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Are braces right for me?

Most people who hear "braces" think of a mouth full of metal. But braces have evolved over the years, offering several options to patients. At Zombek Orthodontics, we'll help you decide if braces are the best treatment for you, and we'll lay out all your best options so you can make an informed decision without fear.

Treatments For All Ages

Why Choose Self-Ligating Braces

No Elastics

Self-ligating braces don't use elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction on the tooth. That means more comfort because there is less pressure on the tooth and fewer adjustments.

More Options

Self-ligating braces can be the traditional metal braces, or you can choose ceramic or clear braces. The ceramic and clear braces blend better with the teeth, so you can have more confidence in your smile during treatment.

Less Pressure

Self-ligating braces use a clip to hold the archwire in place, rather than elastics. The specialized clip doesn't need as many adjustments as traditional braces with elastics, so you'll have less discomfort during treatment.

Good for All Ages

These braces work well for both adults and children. They provide efficient treatment for both age groups. The clear and ceramic braces are great options for adults who may feel self-conscious about having braces.

LightForce Braces

We’re excited to be able to recommend LightForce brackets for many of our patients, including both teens and adults with a variety of orthodontic needs. Every LightForce treatment plan is individually designed based on your unique tooth shape, jawline, and facial structure, enabling a perfect fit throughout the straightening process. Spend less time in the orthodontist’s chair, and more time living your life.

LightForce offers:

  • Efficient Treatment​ (thanks to braces that are designed to exactly match your teeth)
  • Ideal Results​ (thanks to digital treatment planning and more effective bracket technology)
  • Perfect Fit​ (thanks to digital scans, perfectly-fitting braces)
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Wondering if braces are right for you?

Self-ligating braces are one of several options available for orthodontic treatment. To find out whether it's your best option, start with a virtual consult. We'll contact you within two business days and provide an initial assessment on your case. We'll then lay out the next steps, including a one-on-one consultation, if you decide to move forward. 

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Braces FAQ

How long will I need to wear my braces?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of the dental issues. On average, most patients wear their braces from 12-24 months. During your consultation, Dr. Zombek and his team will provide an estimate of how long your specific treatment may take. 
Do braces hurt?
Because braces use pressure to move the teeth into proper position, patients may experience some slight discomfort after braces are tightened during a regular checkup. But orthodontic treatment has come a long way in the last several years, and newer options are made to alleviate some of the discomfort patients felt in the past. Self-ligating braces, for example, don't use elastics and require fewer trips to the office for tightening, which means less pressure and discomfort. 
Can I choose the color of my rubber bands?
Can I still get braces if I'm missing teeth?
Absolutely! Braces can be used to alleviate or eliminate gaps between teeth and make the other teeth less crowded. 

Gaps between teeth can lead to food being trapped there, as well as damage to the gums, particularly in the gap. Both can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and jaw pain further down the road. Correcting large gaps left by missing teeth with braces can improve your overall dental health. 
Am I too old for braces?
Many adults today are getting braces, whether it's to improve their smiles or to put a halt to dental issues such as gum disease or pain in the jaw. About 20% of our patients here at Zombek Orthodontics are adults. 

Today's braces offer more options with lower profiles, so you don't have to feel self-conscious about improving your dental health. We offer ceramic and clear braces, which are harder to see than standard metal braces.  Contact us at Zombek Orthodontics and let us introduce you to all your options.

Modern Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces don't use elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction on the tooth. That means more comfort because there is less pressure on the tooth and fewer adjustments. These braces work well for both adults and children. The clear and ceramic braces are great options for adults or teens who may feel self-conscious about having braces. 

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Meet Our Fantastic Doctor

Dr. Steven Zombek loves what he does, and it shows! In dental school, his grandmother informed him that his name, Zombek, means "little tooth" in Polish. He took that as a sure sign that he was on the right path in life! Since then, he's thrown his love and passion into his work, and it shows with every beautiful smile he's helped to create. Stop by and meet our amazing doctor today! 

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Real Reviews From Actual Patients

We love bringing beautiful smiles to our patients, but don't just take our word for it! Take a look at some of the testimonials from actual Zombek Orthodontics patients! 

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