Tried & True Orthodontic Treatment

Traditional braces have been around for centuries and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Warrior, Alabama and the surrounding communities.

All About Warrior Orthodontics Braces

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Warrior 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, which can potentially shorten 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 Warrior.

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.

What Are Braces Made Of?


The brackets Dr. Abenoja uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Orthodontics Glue

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 orthodontics 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.
The wire will sometimes attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together. Dr. Abenoja might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


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 at Warrior Orthodontics, especially when we want to putextra 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.


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.

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 Warrior Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ