Metal Braces

Treatment You Can Rely On

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the first thing you think of when you think of orthodontics. These workhouses have a long history of successful smiles and are great at correcting many oral issues.

Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Braces

What Are Braces Made Of?


This is what Dr. Buttram will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. If you need more serious treatment, metal bands may be used together with glue to make your braces more stable.

It’s much more common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue (technically, a form of composite bonding material).


The brackets are durable, long lasting, and are typically made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. A bracket can be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Buttram will change the shape and curvature of the wire in order to move your teeth in the desired direction. Dr. Buttram may bend the wire to help push or pull any teeth that are especially stubborn.

In some cases, the wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together, but we might occasionally cut the wire strategically if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They are generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook. This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw backward to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and Orthodontic appliances, but they are not used for everyone.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They are also referred to as separators.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the arch wire to the brackets. They are less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

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