Braces in Tuscaloosa

Sturdy + Reliable

Traditional braces have been around for about a hundred years, so they’re probably the most recognizable orthodontic treatment at RiverView Orthodontics. However, Dr. Upton uses a modern version of this appliance to straighten smiles and correct a wide variety of oral problems.

About Tuscaloosa Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance. These tried-and-true orthodontic standards give you a reliable, effective, and affordable option that has stood the test of time for over a hundred years.

The good news is that braces have progressed a very long way, even within the past couple of decades.

When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.

At RiverView Orthodontics, we don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and our metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear than ever before.

Metal Braces FAQ


What Are Braces Made of?


The brackets are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. A bracket can be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This is what Dr. Upton 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. Upton will change the shape and curvature of the wire 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 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 teeth backwards or forwards to correct your bite.

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.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used 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 come in dozens of colors.