Braces: Know Your Parts

Image of Arch Wire Braces
Archwire

The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It’s changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new position.

Image of Bands for Braces A hhin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place
Bands

A Thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Image of Brackets – A Small attachment that holds the archwire in place
Bracket

Brackets – Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Image of Buccal Tube - A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band
Buccal Tube

Buccal Tube - A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The molar band contains slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, headgear and other things Dr. Chorak may use to move your teeth.

Image of Coil Springs that fit between brackets and over archwire
Coil Spring

Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Image of Elastic Rubber bands that are hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.
Elastic (Rubber Band)

Small rubber bands that are hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

Image of Elastic Ties that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.
Elastic Tie

A tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Image of a Hook that has a welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.
Hook

Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.