Traditional Treatment, Modern Technology

The most common type of braces you’ll see at our Spring office are metal braces. Thanks to modern brackets, treatment with metal braces at Brightside Braces is quicker, more efficient, and more comfortable than ever.

Spring Braces

At Brightside Braces, we’re proud to offer the latest braces technology to our patients of all ages in Spring and surrounding areas. Traditional metal braces are durable and affordable, making them the top treatment for orthodontic patients at Brightside Braces.

Metal braces have had a reputation for being awkward and obvious. But, because of modern orthodontics, you’ll benefit from smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable brackets.

Metal braces are cost-effective because they don’t require some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do.

Braces are great at fixing complex tooth issues and work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments. This speed can shorten your treatment time with Dr. Lewis.

What Are Braces Made of?


Dr. Lewis uses brackets made from a mix of durable metals with little hooks or doors where we thread a wire.

Your Spring braces experts secure your bracket by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This is what Dr. Lewis uses to attach the brackets to your teeth.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Lewis shapes and curves the wire so your teeth move in the right direction.

Usually, the wire attaches to all of your bottom or upper teeth, but we might cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. We usually string elastics between an upper and lower bracket hook. This pressure pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

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. Lewis uses 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. Lewis uses 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.

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