The perfect braces for every smile.

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before!

Sandy Springs braces

Cobb County and East Cobb braces.

At Levin Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer the latest braces technology to our patients of all ages in Marietta, Sandy Springs, and the surrounding areas. Traditional metal braces are tough and affordable, making them the top treatment for orthodontic patients in Cobb County and East Cobb every year.

You may think of metal braces as being awkward and obvious. But, because of modern orthodontics, you'll have smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable brackets than ever.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colorful elastics for a more unique and vibrant smile.

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 at Levin Orthodontics.

Self-Ligating braces.

Self-ligating braces are made from the same material as traditional braces but do not require the use of colored elastics.

Using a specialized clip instead of elastics helps the archwire guide teeth, reducing friction between the wire and bracket slot and placing less pressure on each tooth.

Self-ligating braces typically require fewer adjustments since there are no elastics to replace.

Metal Braces

What are braces made of?


The brackets Dr. Levin uses are durable, made from a mix of stainless steel and other metals, and have little hooks or doors to thread a wire.

We’ll secure your brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another.

Dr. Levin will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

Orthodontic bands.

Using dental bonding agents, the Levin team cements these stainless steel rings to your teeth.

These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but we don’t always use them for everyone.


Dr. Levin will use glue to attach the brackets to your teeth.

Elastic ties/o-rings/ligatures/colors.

Dr. Levin uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets.

Elastics are less rigid than spacers; you can get them in dozens of colors.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.

This pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.


Dr. Levin 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."

Metal braces FAQs.