Billings Braces

Trusted Treatment for Your Smile

The most common type of treatment here at Kovacs Orthodontics is metal braces. Dr. Kovacs has used these orthodontic workhorses to transform thousands of smiles like yours.

Braces are a great option for correcting all kinds of oral issues for patients in Billings, Miles City, and the surrounding areas.

Common Braces Questions Around Billings & Miles City

What Are Braces Made of?


The brackets Dr. Kovacs uses are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals and 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. Kovacs 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. Kovacs will change the wire's shape and curvature 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 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 Dr. Kovacs doesn’t use them for everyone.


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

Elastic Ties/O-Rings/Ligatures/Colors

Dr. Kovacs uses 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.