Braces in South Miami, Pinecrest & Kendall

Strong & Sturdy

Traditional braces have a long history of success and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in South Miami.

These orthodontic workhouses are a great solution for correcting many oral issues, even those that are more severe or complex.

What Are Braces Made of?


The brackets Dr. Ross uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded.

A bracket can be secured by closing the door or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This is what Dr. Ross and Dr. Rothenberg will use to attach the brackets directly to your teeth.


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

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases, but we may cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your unique treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. These are generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook. This pulls the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

Dr. Ross may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Our Work

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.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings (also known as separators) can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Ross and Dr. Rothenberg use these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. They’re less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ

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