Raleigh, Wakefield, Louisburg & Creedmoor-Butner

Braces Work Better Than Ever

Traditional metal braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Raleigh, Wakefield, Louisburg, Creedmoor-Butner, and the surrounding areas.

Today’s braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever before and work faster to give you a beautiful and healthy smile.

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All About Raleigh Orthodontics Braces

What Are Braces Made Of?

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used at Raleigh Orthodontics, and braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

They are smaller and more comfortable than ever before and constructed of high-grade space-age-metal alloys. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. This can potentially shorten your treatment time.

Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.

Modern braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Metal braces are built from high-grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces you’ll see.

Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Grossman wants them to move.


The brackets Dr. Grossman uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Grossman will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Grossman will use this to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not used for everyone. Dr. Grossman will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers, and at Raleigh Orthodontics they come in dozens of colors.


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

This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Grossman will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Grossman to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.

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Teeth Whitening

Raleigh Orthodontics is also proud to offer Invisalign Teeth Whitening to compliment your smile.

Whether you’re coming into our office as a part of your routine orthodontic care or just looking to come in for whitening services, we are here to help you love your smile.