Types of Braces: Traditional Metal

Types of Braces: Traditional Metal

Traditional metal braces are still what most people think of when they picture braces, in spite of the variety of orthodontic treatment options available these days. Here's a little about these classic orthodontic appliances.

There's a growing variety of orthodontic treatment options available these days but traditional metal braces are still the most common orthodontic treatment method for straightening teeth.

Fortunately, metal braces have improved significantly over the years. Today's metal braces are smaller, lower profile, and more comfortable than previous versions.

What are metal braces made of?

Well, no surprise here – metal braces are made from metal.

Today's metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium and consist of 3 main parts:


The brackets are the pieces that are attached to the teeth using special bonding material that holds them in place.


The archwire is the thin length of metal wire that connects the brackets to each other. It works to put pressure on the teeth in order to guide teeth to where you want them.

Ligature Elastic

The ligature elastics are the coloured (or clear) ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. At each appointment your orthodontist will change the elastics, giving you the opportunity to switch colours if you want to. 

How do metal braces work?

Braces move teeth by exerting continuous pressure on your them. The force of the pressure from the braces moves the teeth into the correct positions.

When you visit your orthodontist during treatment, they will likely tighten the archwires and replace your rubber bands. These steps are required in order for your treatment to progress.

Metal Braces Are for Everyone

Metal braces continue to be among the most popular and most cost-effective orthodontic treatments available today. However, every smile is different, and your orthodontist will help you decide which treatment is best for your individual case.

Contact our Vancouver orthodontists today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.


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