Efficient & Effective

Metal braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics throughout the San Tan Valley area of Arizona.

At Peterson Family Orthodontics, we use Pitts 21 self-ligating braces, which work faster and more comfortably than braces with traditional metal brackets!

Braces at Peterson Family Orthodontics

What Are Metal Braces Made Of?

Orthodontic treatment at Peterson Family Orthodontics has come along way since the early days of metal braces. Today’s metal brackets are smaller, more comfortable, and less noticeable.

Due to the smaller size of the brackets, modern braces keep mouth irritation to a minimum, unlike the braces of old which many people around San Tan Valley remember. Metal braces are generally the most durable because they are made from a mix of metals such as stainless steel and nickel. They are a great choice for teens and adults alike.

Dr. Peterson uses metal braces to successfully treat a huge range of orthodontic issues. At Peterson Family Orthodontics, we use self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic o-rings, and make your treatment faster and more comfortable.

These metal braces continue to be the most frequently chosen orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages and, thanks to our self-ligating braces, you may even require fewer officer visits compared to braces with traditional brackets.

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

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The brackets Dr. Peterson uses are durable, non-toxic, and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Peterson will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door to hold your wire in place.


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


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

In most cases, the wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they are not used for everyone.

At your first free consultation, Dr. Peterson will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands or not.