Parts of Braces

Bands

Bands are rings of metal that fit around the molars in certain situations. The bands are selected from a range of sizes in order to find the best fitting band. The bands are sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.

Brackets

Each bracket serves as a ‘handle’ on the tooth that allows the archwire to move the teeth around.  This occurs by the archwire fitting into a slot in the bracket.  Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.

Archwire

The main wires, or archwires, are shaped specifically to fit around the arch and into the bracket slots.  Teeth move from the pressure that is applied to the teeth via the braces. That pressure comes from the archwire, which guides the direction of the movement.

O-rings

O-rings are the tiny rubber rings (colors) that hold the archwire into the bracket.

Hooks

Hooks are small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Coil Spring

The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire. They can be used to either hold the current spacing or to create/open more space.

  • Parts of Braces

    Bands
    Brackets
    Archwire
    Elastics
    Hooks
    Coil Spring