Trusted Treatment

Braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in the Lake Mary area.

What Are Braces Made of?

We’re proud to offer our Beim Orthodontics patients the Damon Smile self-ligating bracket system to our patients. These brackets have been created to give you an amazing smile with maximum comfort with a shorter treatment time, and this is a rundown of each of their components.


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

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Beim will thread a wire. The Damon bracket can then be secured by closing the door.


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

Metal Braces


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Beim 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 Dr. Beim 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 can be cemented to some of 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 at our Lake Mary office.

Dr. Beim will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your first free consultation.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used by Dr. Beim to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re also referred to as separators.

Metal Braces FAQ