Parts of Braces

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ARCHWIRE

This is the main wire that fits into the brackets or other attachments, on the outside of your teeth. It provides most of the forces that move your teeth. The archwire also provides a track along which your teeth move.

BANDS

These are thin bands of metal, carefully fitted to the tooth and then cemented in place. They carry brackets, tubes and hooks. They give us a way to grasp and control each individual tooth.

BRACKETS

Small attachments that are bonded to your teeth. Brackets transmit the forces from the archwire to your teeth.

ELASTIC LIGATURE

These little rings, or colored modules, are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. There are plenty of colors to choose from including clear rings.

HOOKS

Small attachments used to apply forces to the archwire or individual teeth. These are usually used to attach rubber bands.

RUBBER BANDS

Often called "elastics", rubber bands are used to provide special forces to your teeth. These forces cannot be achieved with archwires alone and require excellent patient cooperation.

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