Traditional braces have been around for awhile and may be the treatment option of choice in some patients.
Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional metal braces remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of small metal brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth, and occasionally metal bands that wrap around the molars in back. A thin, springy metal wire, running through the brackets, gently guides the teeth into a proper position. This archwire may be fixed to the brackets by flexible elastics, metal ties, or other types of clasps.
There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular — because they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. Traditional metal braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. While contributes to their popularity as patients are able to select the colors they want at each appointment, these elastic rubber bands collect more plaque and bacteria, making excellent brushing and oral hygiene even more important than it already is.