Traditional braces can either be made of metal or clear ceramic for a more cosmetic option. Braces are the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliance. They consist of brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. An archwire is fixed to the brackets by the gate of the bracket or by flexible elastics. You can choose the color of the elastic tie that you like, adding a pop of color if you want! By providing a slow and controlled force on each individual bracket, the wire is able to move the teeth to a more ideal orientation. The newer materials of wires these days offer gentler and more comfortable movements to your teeth.