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There’s a reason traditional metal braces are still the most popular choice in orthodontic treatment at Smiles From the Hart and all throughout Murfreesboro, and beyond.

Today’s metal braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before while working even harder and more effectively at the same time. Let’s learn a little bit more about these orthodontic staples.

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The Proven Path to a Straight Smile

Metal braces are a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a combination of brackets, archwires, elastics, spacers, and elastic ties to gradually align and straighten your teeth. This time-tested method has been used for decades and has helped countless individuals achieve stunning results.

How Metal Braces Work

Metal braces apply constant and controlled pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into proper alignment. The archwires and other components exert gentle forces that guide your teeth into their desired positions over time.

As you progress through the treatment, the archwires are periodically adjusted to continue the alignment process.


What Metal Braces Are Made Of

  • Brackets: Metal braces consist of small, durable metal brackets that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. These brackets act as anchors for the archwires and other components of the braces.
  • Archwires: Archwires are thin, flexible wires that connect the brackets and apply gentle pressure to guide your teeth into their desired positions. They play a crucial role in the movement and alignment of your teeth throughout the treatment.
  • Elastics: Also known as rubber bands, we use elastics to correct the alignment of your bite by exerting additional forces on specific teeth. They are attached to hooks on the brackets and create the necessary tension to optimize your bite alignment.
  • Spacers: Before the braces are placed, spacers may be used to create space between your teeth. These small rubber rings are inserted between certain teeth to make room for the metal bands that will be placed later in the process.
  • Elastic Ties: Often referred to as ligatures, we use elastic ties to hold the archwires in place within the brackets. These small elastic bands come in a variety of colors, allowing you to add a touch of personalization to your braces.

The Next Step In Orthodontic Care

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Damon Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are an innovative orthodontic option that offers a more efficient and convenient way to straighten your teeth.

Unlike traditional metal braces that use elastic ties to hold the archwires in place, self-ligating braces feature special brackets with built-in clips or doors that secure the wires.

This means no more annoying bands, so they’re a lot easier to maintain, reducing the number of adjustments you’ll need during treatment. While traditional metal braces have a lot to offer, the Damon System has some modern enhancements that can really put them over the top.

Bracket Design

Traditional metal braces consist of brackets with slots that hold the archwires in place while self-ligating braces have brackets with built-in clips or doors. These clips or doors allow for a more efficient and friction-free movement of the archwires, resulting in potentially shorter treatment times.


Traditional metal braces require periodic adjustments to tighten or replace the elastic ligatures. With self-ligating braces, there is no need for elastic ties, reducing the number of appointments and making maintenance easier.


Self-ligating braces tend to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces due to their lower profile and smoother design. The absence of elastic ties also eliminates the potential discomfort or irritation caused by the ties.

Oral Hygiene

With traditional metal braces, food particles and plaque can easily get trapped around the elastic ties, requiring thorough brushing and flossing. Self-ligating braces, on the other hand, have fewer components, making oral hygiene routines more manageable.


Traditional metal braces typically require frequent adjustments to tighten the archwires and apply pressure to the teeth. Self-ligating braces use a sliding mechanism that allows for more gradual and controlled tooth movement, reducing the need for as many adjustments.

Treatment Time

Due to the unique design and mechanics of self-ligating braces, they may potentially lead to shorter treatment times compared to traditional metal braces. The reduced friction and more efficient tooth movement can help accelerate the alignment process.

When considering self-ligating braces versus traditional metal braces, it's essential to consult with Dr. Hart to determine the most suitable option for your specific orthodontic needs and goals. She will consider factors such as the complexity of your case, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences to recommend the most effective treatment approach.

Experience the Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces offer a modern and convenient solution for reaching a beautifully aligned smile. Their unique design, reduced maintenance requirements, and potential for shorter treatment times make them a popular choice among orthodontic patients.

You and Dr. Hart will work together to find the perfect treatment for you, so don’t worry! You’re never in the dark, and your voice is always a big part of any treatment plan we recommend.

Your Journey Begins Here

Dr. Hart will work closely with you to find your perfect treatment. Factors like the complexity of your orthodontic issues, your personal preferences, and your budget will all be taken into consideration.

You and Dr. Hart will discuss your goals during your free consultation and find the perfect option for your perfect smile together.

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Let’s Get Started!

Smiles from the Hart is dedicated to working together with you to unlock the smile of a lifetime. Call today at (615) 890-7246 in Murfreesboro, or just fill out the form below to get started!