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All About Metal Braces

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they're probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Cane Bay, Charleston, Summerville and the surrounding area.

These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Nirenblatt Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages!

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What Are Braces Made Of?


The brackets Dr. Nirenblatt uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Nirenblatt will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


If Dr. Nirenblatt determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They're 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 the teeth or jaws.


These small elastic "donuts" or rings can be used by Dr. Nirenblatt to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They're also referred to as separators.

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. Dr. Nirenblatt will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Nirenblatt 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. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.

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 at Nirenblatt Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.


This is what Dr. Nirenblatt will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It's common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.