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Metal braces are the most commonly used type of fixed braces because they are robust, accurate, economical, and dependable. Strong as they are, metal brackets sometimes do break as a result of hard foods or trauma. Stainless steel brackets do not rust or corrode, and they are kinder on the tooth enamel. They are malleable, so they can absorb some degree of excessive force. They can be made thin, and sharp corners or angles can be machined into the bracket for a more accurate movement of the teeth, without them breaking or chipping. When it is time to remove the braces from your teeth, metal brackets can be intentionally deformed to break the cement bonding the bracket to the enamel, making the debonding process less uncomfortable. Some metal brackets have little hooks attached (for elastics to be applied), and these can be bent to suit your anatomy should they scratch your cheeks or tongue; you cannot do that with ceramic hooks. Recent advances in bracket design include self-ligating brackets (such as Damon, Quick & In-Ovation brackets) that do away with elastic modules (tiny rubber bands) that wrap around each bracket, inadvertently leading to increased friction and hygiene issues.