metal braces st louis orthodontics

Metal Braces

Most traditional braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band, called a ligature, to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Cardinal Orthodontics uses metal tie wires (little wires twisted around the bracket) in place of elastic ligatures.

In the “old days”, metal braces were not just brackets, but bands that wrapped around the entire tooth. Modern, high-tech appliances and methods allow us to use the self-ligating type: patients wear small brackets glued to the front of each tooth which is a big improvement!

Why Metal Braces? 

Along with the American Dental Association, we recommend orthodontic appliances to help treat malocclusion issues including crowded, crooked, protruding teeth, and misalignment of the jaw.

Benefits of Metal Braces

  • They tend to take the least amount of time.
  • Self-ligating brackets do not contain rubber ligatures, so staining will never be a problem.
  • They are strong and rarely break.

How Long is Treatment?

Depending on the structure of the teeth and jaws, treatment can vary from patient to patient. Typically, it can take anywhere from 12-15 months.


Metal braces tend to be a more affordable option than Invisalign. In addition, you can make them colorful with ligatures that come in a rainbow of colors.

Also, we offer many payment options to make braces affordable for everyone! You can find out more about the cost of metal braces, here.

Schedule an Appointment

Interested in metal braces as part of your orthodontic treatment? Your first exam is free at Cardinal Orthodontics in St. Louis. Contact us today!