You have probably had a friend or relative with braces at some point in your life and chances are their orthodontic treatment centred on the most common type of braces… Traditional braces are metal braces and they are usually made of stainless steel. Today, traditional braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than ever. Traditional braces involve a series of small metal devices known as brackets that are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and an orthodontic wire, which is held in place by rubber band ligatures. The elastics used to connect the wire to the brackets are available in a range of colours – these can be changed at every appointment, so you can have some fun mixing and matching colours to personalise the look of your braces. If you prefer something more discreet, clear or silver colours can be used to maintain a subtle appearance. The orthodontic arch wire helps to move teeth into the desired position, with varying sized wires supporting the process. Traditional braces are versatile, cost effective and suitable to treat most orthodontic problems. The amount of time braces will be required for will depend on each personal treatment plan and the Earlwood Orthodontics team makes sure you know how to look after your braces to minimise treatment time. Braces can benefit people of all ages and at Earlwood Orthodontics our friendly team aims to make every aspect of your orthodontic treatment plan easy and comfortable, so that your braces embrace you perfectly.