Traditional metal braces are one of the most widely-used orthodontic appliances to straighten misaligned teeth. They are fast and effective and have certain mechanical advantages that are useful in complex orthodontic cases. Like any other type of braces, they work by adding gentle but steady pressure to the misaligned teeth to shift them gradually into the correct position. This is achieved mainly due to the archwires - they are made of an alloy of metals that recover its shape after being deformed.
Metal braces are flatter and less bulky than ever due to technological advances, and they are more comfortable than in the past. Patients can also choose to customize their metal braces with colorful elastic bands for a cheerful smile, an option widely popular among kids and teenagers.