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Self-Ligating Braces

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What are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are quite similar to conventional braces. However, they do not use elastic or rubbers bands. Besides that, they do not use metal ties. Instead, these braces come with special brackets that are used to help the archwire shift teeth into place. These brackets allow more freedom in tooth movement, which can help to reduce the discomfort of traditional ligatures. On regular dental checkups, only a simple adjustment to the brackets is needed, which saves time and leads to less discomfort.

How Self-Ligating Braces Help to Correct Your Teeth?

The self-ligating braces are often referred to as speed braces. They work by attaching the archwire to the brackets through a removable metal piece. This helps to ensure that braces feel more comfortable and are more efficient. When compared to traditional braces, you could cut your dental appointments by about 40%. Since they do not use bands, the teeth move freely, this means the braces move faster. They are quite different from traditional braces where you have to suffer from years of pain. If you are a person who wants braces but do not want to wear them for years, self-ligating braces are the perfect option.

Self-ligating Braces Vs Traditional Braces

When self-ligating braces are compared to traditional braces, it is obvious that these type of braces have some major advantages. One advantage of these braces is that they require less to tie-in. As a result, appointments will take significantly less time. Another problem with traditional braces is that they are more difficult to keep clean because of the steel ligatures. Besides that, wire pokes are a common problem with traditional braces. They can cause major discomfort, especially when they occur at a time when the dental office is closed.

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At Let's Smile Dental, we use cutting-edge technology to make your visit as comfortable, relaxing and pain-free as possible.

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Whether you are looking for orthodontic treatments, like braces or Invisalign, pediatric care for your child or implants, let our professional staff schedule the perfect time for your next visit!

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Our adult and kid-friendly dental office and staff work hard to make sure that the whole experience is joyful and easy for both the kids and their parents.


When you book your dental appointment with Let's Smile, do it with the utmost confidence! We’re dedicated to our patients. Take a look at what they have to say:

My son loves it here. The dentist and hygienist describe every tool they are about to use and how they are going to use them. Most importantly, they know how to talk to kids and have a good sense of humor.
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Love, love, love the whole staff here! I am being treated for adult orthodontic surgical braces to correct my underbite. Throughout the entire process from the initial consultation, finance/payment, greeting/exit of each appointment, and of course the talented and genuine staff that treat your teeth each time,
We were in an emergent situation after a playground accident/trauma and within 10 mins of calling and upon arrival, we were greeted, evaluated, and treated immediately on our first visit.
They are AWESOME....I make that drive from Alexandria to Fairfax to take my kid here. My kid loves that they make her feel comfortable and they are just happy and jolly.


To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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4210 Fairfax Corner W Ave. Suite 245 Fairfax, VA 22030


1984 Isaac Newton Sq. West Suite 200. Reston, VA 20190


6564 Loisdale Court Suite 110 Springfield, VA 22150