Arnold & Florissant Braces

Trusted Orthodontic Treatment

There’s a reason why metal braces are still one of the most popular choices for orthodontic care at McDermott Orthodontics. And today’s braces are better than ever.

Lightweight, comfortable, and affordable, there’s a lot to love about this time-tested treatment option.

Understanding Braces

Orthodontists have used metal braces for decades to correct various dental misalignments and are particularly effective for complex orthodontic issues.

These braces consist of small metal brackets that are glued to the front of your teeth, connected by a thin wire, which is periodically adjusted by Dr. McDermott to gently guide your teeth into the desired position.


The brackets are the small squares attached directly to the front of each tooth. Made from a high-strength, stainless steel alloy, they anchor the braces.



The archwire is a thin metal wire that connects each bracket and provides guidance to the direction of the movement of the teeth. It is changed periodically throughout the treatment to maintain alignment progress.


Bands are the colored ties that hold the wire to the brackets. They can be metallic or colored, depending on personal preference, and are usually changed during routine orthodontic visits.


Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Elastics or rubber bands are used to apply additional pressure needed to move your teeth toward a particular direction for more complex adjustments.

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Benefits of Braces

Efficient & Effective Orthodontic Care

Metal braces are incredibly effective in treating a wide range of dental misalignments, from simple overbites to more complex cases involving jaw alignment. Their durability and strength make them a reliable choice for achieving big orthodontic improvements.



Compared to other types of orthodontic treatments, metal braces are generally more affordable, making them a popular option for families and individuals on a budget.


Precision & Control

Metal braces offer serious precision and control in teeth alignment. The use of fixed brackets and archwires allows orthodontists like Dr. McDermott to make specific adjustments that guide teeth into the exact position needed.

This level of precision ensures amazing results that are sometimes harder to achieve with other types of aligners.


Thanks to their stainless steel construction, metal braces are incredibly durable. They are built to withstand most of the typical wear and tear that comes with daily life.

This makes them an excellent option for younger patients, particularly active children and teens who might find it difficult to maintain more delicate orthodontic solutions.

Great for All Ages

Metal braces are a versatile solution for patients of all ages. Due to their effectiveness and durability, they are particularly popular among younger patients, but adults can also benefit significantly from this tried-and-true orthodontic treatment.

No matter your age, metal braces can be customized to fit your lifestyle and dental needs.


Visible Progress

One of the most satisfying aspects of metal braces is the ability to see your progress. Unlike Invisalign or other clear aligners that can make it difficult to notice changes day-to-day, the adjustment of metal braces provides visible proof of your moving teeth.

Patients often feel more motivated and engaged in their treatment when they can clearly see the improvements as they happen.

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Start Your Journey Towards a Perfect Smile

If you’re considering orthodontics for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact McDermott Orthodontics. Our experienced team in Arnold and Florissant is ready to guide you through every step of the process.

Book your free consultation today to learn more about how metal braces can help unlock the healthy, happy smile you deserve.