What are the Types of Braces
In the past, braces included large metal bands that were enclosed and attached around each tooth. Today, tiny brackets are placed onto the front surface of the tooth and are made of metal (silver) or ceramic (clear).
The brackets are bonded to the tooth surface with a glue-like material and sometimes metal bands are used on the back teeth. Arch wires are placed inside the brackets and are made of a heat-activated nickel-titanium source that can become warm due to the temperature in the mouth, which allows it to apply constant pressure on the teeth as well as when the arch wires are adjusted at the orthodontic office.