Trusted Treatment

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.


With Zeifman Orthodontic brackets, your time in Phase 1 treatment will be shorter and more comfortable than ever.

What Are Braces Made Of?


Zeifman Orthodontic brackets are durable, long-lasting, and made from a mix of high-grade 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 is what Dr. Zeifman will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. She'll attach the bracket directly to your tooth with glue.


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.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases, but we might occasionally cut the wire 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 your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or your 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 the teeth or jaws.

Don't Put It Off: Early Treatment Matters

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.


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’re less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

Phase 1 Braces

Early Intervention & Proactive Treatment

Per The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Danielle Zeifman, schedule your kids for an orthodontist appointment prior to age seven. Why?

Some kids need orthodontic intervention early in life. We call this “Phase 1 treatment.”

The particulars of Phase 1 treatment will vary from child-to-child. Whereas one child around Florham Park or Mattituck might need traditional metal braces, another might require a more complicated orthodontic appliance. These kinds of interventions help prevent small issues from becoming big problems.

Initiating treatment at this stage of your child’s life helps ensure that their jaw and teeth will grow and expand properly. Just as you guide your kids through life, Phase 1 treatment guides their smiles into what they are destined to be.

Metal Braces FAQ