Perfect for Every Smile

Metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment at Union Orthodontics + Pediatric Dentistry—and for good reason! Traditional braces have a long history of straightening smiles effectively and affordably.

Denver Braces

At Union Orthodontics + Pediatric Dentistry, we want your braces experience to be as enjoyable as possible. We offer comfortable, aesthetic braces options to patients of all ages throughout Denver.

You may think of braces as bulky and awkward, but we use modern braces technology to give you smaller, more discreet brackets that are just as durable as ever.

Traditional braces are a great option for more severe orthodontic issues and work faster than other treatment options in some cases. That means shorter treatment times to perfect your smile!

Metal braces are cost-effective because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do. That means a lot when you’re sticking to a budget!


The Anatomy of Your Braces


Dr. Gabe uses durable brackets made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Each bracket has little hooks or doors to thread a wire through, and we’ll secure the brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Gabe uses a special bonding cement to attach each bracket directly to your tooth.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Gabe bends and curves the wire, so your teeth move in the right direction.

Normally, the wire attaches to all of your bottom or upper teeth, but we might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, Dr. Gabe will recommend elastics. We’ll string these between upper and lower bracket hooks to put additional pressure on your jaw.


Dr. Gabe uses these tiny elastic rings or separators to create space between your teeth when needed, typically before we place your bands.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances but aren’t always necessary.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Gabe uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and you can get them in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ