Wichita Braces

Tried & True Treatment

Traditional metal braces are probably the first thing you think of when considering orthodontics around Wichita.

This treatment has become a staple when straightening smiles, and modern technology at Dillehay Orthodontics makes braces more comfortable and convenient than ever.

All About Wichita Braces

Modern metal braces are more comfortable and discreet, giving you a better experience as you straighten your smile. Braces have several benefits, including their ability to address various dental concerns.

They use constant force to gently shift your teeth and can effectively correct nearly any oral issues you may have. Dr. Dillehay uses them to fix crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbite issues. They can also help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw problems

Metal braces have little brackets attached to each tooth and a wire connecting them. As time passes, the wire softly pushes on the brackets, gradually shifting the teeth into the straight positions you want to see them in.

At Dillehay Orthodontics, you can pick the color of the elastic ties that hold the wire in place, so you can choose a style that fits your personality. Show off the color combination of your favorite sports team or the season.

Champagne-colored gold orthodontic braces on a model of teeth.

Get the Golden Touch

Since people around Wichita notice your smile as one of the first things about you, you can always flaunt it with gold braces.

Ask Dr. Dillehay for these champagne-colored brackets and wires so you can flash your confident smile both during and after your treatment!

These gold-colored brackets are as durable as standard metal braces and subtle as ceramic ones. The unique champagne color blends in with the color of your teeth more than steel, yet they’re stronger than clear ceramic braces.

Metal braces

The Parts of Metal Braces


Our brackets are made from a mix of durable metals and have little hooks where we thread a wire. We’ll secure the bracket by closing the door or placing an elastic over the wire.


The wire connects your brackets and guides them according to the plan Dr. JK Dillehay creates for you. The wire typically attaches to all of your bottom or upper teeth. We might cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


Dr. Dillehay will use glue to attach the brackets directly to your teeth.


If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. We’ll string elastics between an upper and lower bracket hook to pull the jaw in the right direction.

Orthodontic Bands

We cement these stainless steel rings to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can anchor your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they’re not always necessary.


These small elastic “donuts” or rings can create space between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They’re 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 come in dozens of colors.

Metal Braces FAQ