Metal Braces

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Puyallup and the surrounding area.

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Nordberg Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages!

What Are Braces Made of?


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

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Nordberg 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.


This is what Dr. Nordberg will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It is common to attach the bracket directly to the patient’s tooth with glue.


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

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

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


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

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. Nordberg will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.


If Dr. Nordberg 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.

Metal Braces FAQ

How do braces work?

Before applying the brackets, Dr. Nordberg and the team at Nordberg Orthodontics will collect photos and X-rays of your mouth.

We’ll use our iTero Element scanner to scan each tooth as well as the overall layout of your gums and mouth. In 10-15 minutes we can have an extremely accurate 3D view of your mouth.

After the X-Ray and scan, Dr. Nordberg will use this information to create your customized treatment plan. This will include how each tooth needs to be moved to get it in the best possible position.

Dr. Nordberg will decide how to place the brackets based on this information. For example, if you have some teeth that need to be tilted, the placement of those brackets will be different than the placement of brackets for teeth that need to be turned.

Once the brackets have been attached, Dr. Nordberg will insert the wire. Bends in the wire will provide different types of pressure on different teeth. A bend in the wire is how most orthodontists create precise movements.

What can I expect from today’s metal braces?

This is what everyone wants to know, but it’s one we don’t have a concrete answer for. Every mouth is different, and every patient responds to treatment in their own way. Treatment time with metal braces will be different every time.

The average time spent in metal braces is around 18 to 22 months but could be shorter or longer, depending on the individual treatment plan from Dr. Nordberg.

At Nordberg Orthodontics, we have patients in braces for as little as six months. But for more complex issues, it can take over three years to complete the process.

With metal braces treatment with Dr. Nordberg and the team at Nordberg Orthodontics, you can see signs of improvement in just a short time, and that gives you confidence during the treatment process.

How long will I be in braces?

Metal braces have had a reputation for being awkward and obvious. But, because of modern orthodontics, you’ll benefit from versions that are smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable than ever before.

At Nordberg Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer the latest braces technology to our patients of all ages in Puyallup and surrounding areas.

Sleeker brackets and lighter wires improve the look and feel of these braces, resulting in less irritation in your mouth.

Braces are great at fixing complex tooth issues for patients of all ages in Puyallup and surrounding communities. They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. This can potentially shorten your treatment time.

Traditional metal braces also come with a fun new twist without any extra cost – you can customize them with pops of color. The elastics that Dr. Nordberg will fit around your brackets come in a wide variety of colors that let you showcase your personality whenever you want.

Pick your favorite color combination, the colors of your favorite sports team, even your school colors! We also offer silver, gray, white, black, and tooth-colored elastics for patients seeking a more subtle look.

The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional metal braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontic patients, year after year!