Trusted Treatment

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics. These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.

What Are Braces Made Of?

Brackets

The brackets are durable and 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.

Glue

This is what Dr. Zeifman will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. She'll attach the bracket directly to your tooth with glue.

Wire

This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Zeifman will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

Elastics

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 back to correct an underbite.

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

model of metal braces

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’re not used for everyone.

Spacers

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

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

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

Metal Braces FAQ

Damon Braces

At Zeifman Orthodontics, we use Damon Braces for our metal braces. Damon Self-Ligating Braces are similar to traditional braces – they're metal brackets designed to straighten teeth.

(You can also get clear ceramic brackets). Unlike traditional braces, Damon braces don't use elastics. Instead, Damon braces use specialized clips, and that means you'll come to our office fewer times for adjustments.

They Look Better & Work Better

Aesthetics aren’t the only benefit. Because the wire’s slide mechanism doesn’t require ties, you don’t need to come into our office as frequently to have elastics changed and adjustments made – the high-tech memory wire will continue to move your teeth between appointments. No elastics also means less friction and less area for plaque to collect, a definite plus in terms of dental hygiene.

Studies show some patients with Damon braces may finish their treatment more quickly – as much as six months sooner than they would with traditional braces.

As with traditional braces, you’ll be fitted with a retainer to wear after your Damon braces are removed so that your teeth maintain their new alignment.