Trusted Treatment for
Straighter Smiles

The most common type of treatment at Lifetime Orthodontics is metal braces. These orthodontic icons have a long history of successfully straightening smiles for patients of all ages throughout Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, and the surrounding areas.

Lifetime Braces

Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. At Lifetime Orthodontics, our modern metal braces are our most popular treatment choice.

Thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology, metal braces at Lifetime Orthodontics no longer require the bulky, awkward headgear of years past.

Dr. Wesley attaches the brackets directly to your teeth and connects them with wires that gradually straighten your smile.

At Lifetime Orthodontics, you can wear colored elastics (rubber bands) with metal braces to make your treatment more fun. You can get creative with the colors and even show your support for your local Clinton Township and Grosse Pointe teams!

clinton metal braces

What Are Braces Made of?


Dr. Wesley uses brackets made from a mix of durable metals. The wire fits into a slot on each bracket, and we secure the wire by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Wesley will use this a special adhesive to attach the brackets to your teeth.


The wire runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Wesley will change the wire's shape, size, and curvature to move your teeth in the right direction.


If you need bite correction, Dr. Wesley will recommend elastics. Elastics connect your top and bottom teeth to bring your bite into a proper relationship.

Orthodontic Bands

When necessary, Dr. Wesley cements these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents to anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances.


These tiny elastic "donuts" or rings create space between your teeth when necessary, typically before we place your bands. People also refer to them as "separators."

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Wesley uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ