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Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment at Straight Smiles Orthodontics, and they feel more comfortable today than ever.

All About Metal Braces

At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer the latest braces technology to patients of all ages in Shelby Township, Novi, Rochester Hills, and surrounding areas.

Traditional metal braces are durable and affordable, making them the top treatment for orthodontic patients at Straight Smiles Orthodontics every year.

Thanks to modern orthodontics, you’ll benefit from smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable brackets that can close gaps and align teeth faster than other treatments. This speed can potentially shorten your treatment time at Straight Smiles Orthodontics.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you can add colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

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What Are Braces Made of?


Dr. Rafaill uses durable brackets made from a mix of durable metals with little hooks or doors where we thread a wire. We’ll secure your brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This is how Dr. Rafaill attaches the brackets to your teeth.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Rafaill shapes and curves the wire to shift your teeth in the right direction.

Normally, the wire attaches to your bottom or upper teeth, but we may cut it if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. We normally string elastics between an upper and lower bracket hook.

This pressure pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Rafaill uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and they come in dozens of colors.


Dr. Rafaill uses these tiny elastic “donuts” or rings to create space between your teeth when needed, typically before we place your bands. People also refer to them as "separators.”

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