You'll find the latest advancements in braces technology at Paradigm Orthodontics in Halifax.

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What Are Braces Made of?

With the newest technologies from Dr. Emanuele, you can enjoy fewer office visits and a more comfortable orthodontic experience. This includes traditional metal and clear braces and modern self-ligating braces.


Dr. Emanuele uses durable brackets made from stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. Your orthodontist can secure a bracket by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Emanuele will use this 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. Emanuele 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 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 pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. We use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but we don’t always use them for everyone.


If we need to create space between your teeth, we put spacers on the job. We typically use these tiny elastic “donuts" or rings before placing your bands. You might also hear them called "separators."

Metal Braces FAQ