Tried & True Orthodontic Treatment

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

All About Abenoja Orthodontics Braces

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Abenoja Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.
They can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, potentially shortening your treatment time.
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 in Vestavia Hills.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Abenoja wants them to move.
Metal braces are also a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.

What Are Braces Made Of?


The brackets Dr. Abenoja uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Abenoja will thread a wire.


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


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Abenoja will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.
In many cases, the wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan made by Dr. Abenoja.


If Dr. Abenoja 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.

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. Abenoja 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 Abenoja Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.


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