Metal braces are the most common and economical type of braces used to align and straighten the teeth. Metal braces are made of stainless steel and are attached to the teeth using a dental adhesive. An orthodontic archwire is ligated to each brace using a small elastic. These elastics come in a variety of colors so that your look may be individualized and changed each month! The archwires are replaced at your orthodontic visits with progressively heavier wires to provide the force by which your teeth are gently moved into position.