Metal braces are a highly versatile method of orthodontic correction that can remedy a variety of dental problems, such as bite, jaw position and even severely crooked teeth. Using brackets and wires, braces are made of high-grade stainless steel that puts constant pressure on the teeth to move them into the desired position over time. A bracket is bonded (glued) to each tooth, and then a flexible arch wire is placed over the brackets. At each appointment, your dentist may adjust the archwires so that your teeth gradually move into the desired position.
Metal braces are effective at treating more severe orthodontic cases such as overcrowding, and they give your dentist the control needed to move teeth in small increments over time to correct these conditions. Because of their versatility, metal braces are typically the recommended treatment for serious and severe orthodontic cases.