Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Today's metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. They are also very compatible with the metal wires we use and this can lead to more efficient tooth movement and faster treatment times.
Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles. While some of our patients get silver o-rings to match their silver braces, many of our patients (kids and adults alike) love to get the brightly colored o-rings on their braces! Since the o-rings are changed at virtually every appointment, patients can literally choose a different color combination at every visit!
What Braces are Made Of
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel. The three main parts of your braces are:
- Brackets — Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
- Archwire — The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place. The archwire is actually the "engine" that moves the teeth.
- Elastic Ligatures (also known as the “o-rings”) — O-rings are the colored rubber ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your O-rings will typically be changed at each appointment and they come in a variety of colors- from tooth colored to silver to neon!
Metal Braces for All Ages
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost-effective braces option available. Your orthodontist can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.