Trusted Treatment

The most common form of treatment in Salisbury and Berlin is braces—and for most patients, that means the familiar silver brackets and wires of traditional metal braces.

Salisbury & Berlin Braces

Braces are a time-tested solution that remains the most popular treatment at Tilghman Orthodontics. Modern braces are lighter and more comfortable, offering one of the most durable, reliable, and cost-effective treatments.

Made from high-grade stainless steel, braces use metal brackets and a thin, springy archwire to straighten the teeth. We can customize your braces with colored elastic ties, helping you express your unique style!

What Are Braces Made of?


Dr. Tilghman uses durable brackets made from stainless steel, nickel, and other metals with little hooks or doors where we thread a wire.

Your Salisbury and Berlin braces experts secure your wire by closing the door or placing an elastic over the top of the wire.


If we need to correct your bite, elastics are essential. We normally string elastics between an upper and lower bracket hook.

This pressure pulls your upper jaw backward to correct an overbite or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite. At Tilghman Orthodontics, 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 we don’t use them for everyone.

Bonding Material

This is how your orthodontist Dr. Tilghman attaches the brackets to your teeth.


Dr. Tilghman uses these tiny elastic “donuts” or rings to create space between your teeth when needed, typically before we place your bands. People also refer to them as "separators.”


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Your orthodontist shapes and curves the wire so your teeth move in the right direction.

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

We use these tiny rubber rings or bands to attach the archwire to the brackets. Elastics are less rigid than spacers, and you can get them in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ