In spite of the many types of braces available these days, traditional metal braces are still the what most people think of when they picture braces. Here's a little about these classic orthodontic appliances.
Although there is a growing variety of orthodontic treatment options available, traditional metal braces are still the most common teeth straightening treatment.
However, metal braces have changed a lot over the years. Today’s metal braces are lower profile, much smaller and far more comfortable than previous versions were.
What are metal braces made of?
It won't surprise you to hear that metal braces are made of – you guessed it – metal! In fact, they’re made of high quality titanium or stainless steel.
Today's metal braces consist of 3 main parts:
The brackets are the part of the braces that are attached to the teeth using a special bonding material.
The archwire is the thin length of metal wire that connects the brackets to each other. The archwire's job is to put pressure on the teeth to guide them into the desired position.
The Ligature Elastics
Ligature elastics are the coloured (or clear) rubber bands that hold the archwires to the brackets. Ligature elastics will be changed by your orthodontist at each appointment, allowing you to switch colours and have fun creating new looks.
How do metal braces work?
All of the parts of your metal braces work together to exert continuous pressure on your teeth. The force of this pressure is what moves your teeth into the correct positions.
At each visit your orthodontist will likely tighten the archwires and replace your rubber bands. These steps are required in order to make sure your treatment stays on track.
Metal Braces Are for Everyone
Each patient is different, and your orthodontist can help you determine which treatment is best for your individual case. However, metal braces continue to be among the most popular and most cost-effective orthodontic treatments available.