Braces Made Just for You

Metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment at Germantown Orthodontics — they’re also more advanced than ever.

Thanks to modern technology, Dr. Erin Kopicki can give you a customized appliance for a quick and comfortable smile transformation.

Benefits of Braces

With smaller, less noticeable brackets and custom-fit wiring, metal braces at Germantown Orthodontics help your teeth move more quickly and less painfully than before.


Faster Treatment Times

Because custom braces are a fixed appliance that stays in place throughout your smile journey, treatment duration is often quicker than alternative treatment options—they work around the clock to transform your smile.

More Comfort

Advancements in technology and custom tailoring options make custom braces at Germantown Orthodontics much gentler and more comfortable than previous metal braces.


More Flexibility

With a range of color options, including clear, you can make your custom braces match your personality and style. Sport your favorite Wisconsin team colors or blend your braces in with the natural color of your teeth.

What Are Braces Made of?

Metal braces are made up of several parts that work together to align your teeth. The brackets apply pressure to shift the teeth in the jawbone while a thin wire guides them into place.

Here’s a breakdown of the nuts and bolts that make up your smile appliance:


Dr. Erin uses durable metal brackets of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. Each one has little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. Dr. Erin secures brackets by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


Dr. Erin uses dental glue to attach the brackets to your teeth. It's completely taste-free and safe for your mouth.

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

The wire often attaches to all of your bottom or upper teeth. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential! Dr. Erin will string them between an upper and lower bracket hook to adjust your jaw.

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

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances but aren't always necessary.



Spacers do the job if Dr. Erin needs to create space between your teeth. We typically use these elastic rings before we place your bands.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Erin uses these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers and come in dozens of colors.

Common Braces Questions

Getting braces for you or your child is a big deal, so it makes sense that you would have some questions. Here are some answers to the most common questions people ask when they visit our Germantown office:

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Champagne / Gold Braces

These champagne brackets give you the power of traditional braces but look cool, like clear braces.

The gold blends beautifully with your smile, giving you an attractive sparkle.