Metal Braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. In modern times the Metal Braces are much smaller, flatter and comfortable as opposed to earlier braces. While the traditional braces (metal braces) are made up of high quality stainless steel or titanium, the three main parts of metal braces are brackets, Arch wire and ligature elastic. Metal braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. Although the main disadvantage of metal braces is the metal mouth appearance but it is easier for a dentist to work with metal braces as compared to other braces. Metal braces treatment consists of standard metal brackets that are adhered to the teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. Metal Braces require periodic tightening so pressure can gradually straighten the teeth and align the jaw as needed. Although not all braces are metal and Clear Braces are more aesthetically pleasing than Metal Braces but Clear Braces material is a bit more fragile than Metal Braces. In most of the cases, most people wear Metal Braces from one to three years and after that, you're required to wear a retainer to make sure your teeth are held in the positions to which they have moved.