Metal braces are a proven and longstanding way for your Asheville orthodontist to improve your smile. There’s a lot more to them, though! Did you know these surprising facts about metal braces?


  • You can customize them!

That’s right, you have many options these days! You are not restricted to traditional old gray and metal in your mouth, and your Ashville, NC, orthodontics office will be happy to help you figure out your options. One possibility is gold braces, which offer a more muted, softer and warmer appearance than traditional metal braces. The gold blends better with the natural color of your teeth to create a more elegant and sophisticated appearance.

You can also opt for designer brackets in the shapes of hearts, flowers, stars, footballs, diamonds or a “Mickey” like you might see at Disney World. In most cases, these are only placed on the center upper front teeth, since those are the teeth that show the most when you smile. This helps keep overall costs down.

Want a little color? Want to make a statement? You can also customize the colors of the elastic bands on your brackets. Since they are replaced regularly during scheduled maintenance visits, you can also change your colors as often as you wish. You can complement a color of clothing you often wear, coordinate with holidays (using colors appropriate for Christmas, Halloween, or Easter, for instance), or even your moods!


  • Your orthodontist in Asheville, NC, attaches brackets to teeth with a special substance that releases fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and promotes healthy bone growth!


  • Wires for braces are often made of Nitinol, a nickel-titanium combination originally developed by NASA for use in space travel. The wires are flexible and elastic and can keep their shape even after being bent to apply pressure to teeth. They are very versatile and can also be found in mechanical watch springs, some eyeglass frames, and self-bending spoons used by magicians. They might even be used in heat engines, toys, and medical devices!


Your orthodontist in Asheville, can happily tell you more. To find out more surprising facts about metal braces, call our orthodontics office in Asheville, NC, at 828.254.4602.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Asheville orthodontics office would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.


At TS Orthodontics in Asheville, NC, Dr. Scanlan, and Dr. Carlson take great pride in providing you with the best orthodontic treatment options by having the most advanced technology available, including retainers after treatment. With TS Orthodontics you can enjoy treatment times up to 29% faster than with traditional metal braces. We provide so many options from Invisalign to SureSmile to even braces placed behind your teeth. During a 100% no-obligation and 100% complimentary TS Orthodontics Smile Analysis we will assess your or your child’s unique mouth.

TS Orthodontics in Asheville, NC understands the importance of making braces affordable. That is why we offer affordable payment plans for braces with 0% down!

When you are ready, click here to schedule your TS Orthodontics Smile Analysis which includes a comprehensive exam, personalized consultation, x-rays, and even 3-d computer modeling ($249 value, yours free).

Call 828.254.4602 today!

TS Orthodontics
4 Vanderbilt Park Dr, #110
Asheville, NC 28803

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