Central Kentucky and Tennessee Braces

Traditional braces have been around so long that they've become the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics all around Bowling Green, KY, Russellville, KY, Portland, TN, and White House, TN.

All About Wiesemann Orthodontics Braces

Metal Braces in Bowling Green, KY | Russellville KY, | Portland, TN | White House, TN

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. At Wiesemann Orthodontics, metal braces continue to be the top orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Dr. Wiesemann can use these to close gaps and align teeth faster than he might be able to with other treatments. This can potentially shorten your treatment time.

Metal braces are so affordable because they don't need some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments require.

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 at Wiesemann Orthodontics.

What Are Braces Made of?

Metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.

Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and connect to one another by an archwire, helping to guide your teeth where Dr. Wiesemann wants them to move.

With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.


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

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Wiesemann will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door or by an elastic that goes on top of the wire.


This is what Dr. Wiesemann will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It's common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Wiesemann 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 together in many cases. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If Dr. Wieseman 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, especially when we want to put extra 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. Wiesemann 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. Wiesemannn 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 Wiesemann Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.

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