Treatment You Can Trust

Modern metal braces at Smile Studio have come a long way. This tried and true orthodontic treatment has successfully straightened smiles for every age for patients throughout Zachary, Baton Rouge, and the surrounding areas.

"The best experience ever!! We felt welcomed from the start. My son felt comfortable and very excited about getting his braces."

- Latrese W.

What Are Braces Made of?


Dr. White's brackets are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. Dr. White can secure a bracket by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


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

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


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


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. Dr. White usually strings elastics between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.

This pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but we don’t always use them for everyone.


If we need to create space between your teeth, we put spacers on the job. We use these small elastic "donuts" or rings before placing your bands. You might also hear them called "separators.”

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. White 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.

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