Strong & Sturdy

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics in Frisco and the surrounding area.

These orthodontic workhorses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues.

Speed & Accuracy With American Orthodontics T3 Braces

At Wilson Orthodontics in Frisco, TX, Dr. Evan Wilson uses American Orthodontics T3 brackets for patients who choose to straighten their teeth with traditional metal braces.

In his many years of practicing orthodontics and extensive experience with numerous styles of metal braces, Dr. Wilson has found the American Orthodontics T3 bracket system to be unparalleled in its speed and accuracy.

These braces are more lightweight and comfortable than ever before and give our patients a comfortable treatment experience from start to finish.

With American Orthodontics T3 braces from Wilson Orthodontics, you or your loved one will be flashing that newly straightened smile before you know it!

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What Are Braces Made of?


The T3 metal brackets Dr. Wilson uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where Dr. Wilson will thread a wire. The bracket can then be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


This is what Dr. Wilson will use to attach the brackets to your teeth.

It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Wilson 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. We might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If Dr. Wilson determines that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They’re generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook.

This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

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

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’re not used for everyone.

Dr. Wilson will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.


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

They are also referred to as separators.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

These tiny rubber rings or bands are used to attach the archwire to the brackets.

They’re less rigid than spacers and at Wilson Orthodontics, they come in dozens of colors.

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