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Tried & True Treatment

The most common type of braces at DiMarzio Orthodontics are metal braces. These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successfully straightening smiles at every age for patients around Quincy and the surrounding areas.

Quincy Metal Braces

Quincy Braces

Traditional braces are a tried and true teeth straightening method that you can count on for visible results. If you or a loved one is interested in straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile, traditional braces can quickly make that goal a reality.

Modern metal braces have advanced and no longer require bulky headgear. Instead, Dr. DiMarzio or Dr. Marczak adhere the brackets directly to your teeth and connects them with wires that gradually straighten your smile.

Today's traditional braces fit closely to your teeth for increased comfort, and they even work faster than ever to straighten your smile.

What Are Braces Made of?


The brackets Dr. DiMarzio and Dr. Marczak use are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded, and we secure them by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. DiMarzio or Dr. Marczak will use this to attach the brackets directly to your teeth.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. DiMarzio or Dr. Marczak will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will often attach all of your bottom or upper teeth. 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. Dr. DiMarzio or Dr. Marczak will string them between an upper and 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. Your doctor will show you how to change your elastics when you get your braces.

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.


Dr. DiMarzio and Dr. Marczak use these tiny elastic “donuts” or rings to create space between your teeth when needed, typically before we place your bands. People also refer to them as "separators."

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. DiMarzio and Dr. Marczak use these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and you can get them in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ