We dig heavy metal (the braces kind, of course).

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

Sandy Springs braces

Metal braces for the whole family in East Cobb and Sandy Springs.

At Levin Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer the latest technology in braces to patients of all ages in East Cobb, Marietta, and Roswell as well as Sandy Springs, Chastain, and Buckhead. Traditional metal braces are a cost effective choice for your orthodontic treatment and can treat cases that are mild to complex.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, modern metal braces are more comfortable and hygienic than ever! Progressing through a sequence of archwires of different materials, sizes, and shapes, your teeth and bite are gently brought into alignment.

One type of bracket is called Self-Ligating. These braces use a specialized clip or door instead of colored elastics to secure the wire into each bracket.

This type of wire-bracket engagement can reduce friction potentially resulting in a broader smile and less pressure on each tooth. Self-ligating braces may require fewer adjustments and each visit is often quicker since there are no elastics to replace.

Metal Braces

What pieces and parts make up today's braces?


Brackets made of high-grade stainless steel are temporarily adhered ("bonded') to the front surfaces of your teeth.


Thin, arch-shaped wires are slid into the front horizontal slot of each bracket. The wire is secured into each bracket with small circular elastics ("ligatures").


Using specialized orthodontic cement ("adhesive"), the brackets are carefully positioned before the adhesive is light-cured.


Small circular elastics are used to strap the wire securely into each bracket slot. Show off your individuality or simply choose a color that blends in!


Bite correction demands excellent compliance with wearing rubberbands as prescribed.

Elastics generally span from the upper front to the lower back to pull the upper jaw backward and push the lower jaw forward, or from the lower front to the upper back to pull the lower jaw backward and push the upper jaw forward. These patterns address a large overbite (Class II) or large underbite (Class III), respectively.

Metal braces FAQs.