Classic & Strong

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces we use at Smiles of Palmetto Bay. They’re smaller, more comfortable than ever, and constructed of high-grade space-age metal alloys.

With metal braces at Smiles of Palmetto Bay, you can add colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Palmetto Bay Braces

At Smiles of Palmetto Bay, we're proud to offer the latest braces technology to patients of all ages in Palmetto Bay and the surrounding areas.

Metal braces have had a reputation for being awkward and obvious. But, because of modern orthodontics, you'll benefit from versions that are smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable than ever before.

Traditional metal braces are strong, sturdy, and affordable, making them the top choice for orthodontic patients in Palmetto Bay every year.

Braces are great at fixing complex tooth issues. They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments, potentially shortening your treatment time with Dr. Ross.

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What Are Traditional Braces Made Of?


Dr. Ross uses durable brackets made from stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. Dr. Ross can secure brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Ross will use this to attach the brackets to your teeth. It's common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Ross will change the wire's shape and curvature to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will often attach to all of your bottom or upper teeth. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. We use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Dr. Ross will string elastics between an upper and lower bracket hook. This pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but we don’t always use them for everyone.


Dr. Ross 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."

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Ross uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and you can get them in dozens of colors.

Common Braces Questions