Metal Braces


These devices rely on the use of metal brackets cemented or bonded to the tooth surfaces. Archwires, which are extended to the molars on either end of the dental arch, are tied on the brackets to direct the force being applied to the teeth. The arrangement of the wires can be customized to apply different forces to individual teeth. Sometimes elastic bands or springs are attached to the archwire to boost the directional push. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less obtrusive than those of the past.