Learn the Different Parts of Braces

You can’t be a Heavy Metal musician if you don’t know anything about the electric guitar right? Well the same goes for the cool heavy metal in your mouth. Learn the different parts of braces and how they all come together to give you the perfect smile with Dr. Robert Bryan and his team at Dr. Bob Bryan Orthodontics in Allentown, PA.

Archwire – The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along with the use of pressure. The archwire is shaped specifically to fit around the arch of each tooth and into the bracket slots, and it’s changed periodically throughout treatment as teeth move to their new positions.

Band – A thin ring of metal, usually stainless steel, which is fitted tightly around the molar and sometimes premolars and sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Bracket – A small attachment that is secured to the tooth (most often, cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface, eliminating the need for a band) for the purpose of holding the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets can be fabricated from metal, ceramic or plastic.

Coil Spring – Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Elastic (Rubber Band) – Used to move the teeth in prescribed direction (commonly connected to the molar band and upper ball hook).

Elastic Tie – A tiny rubber ring that ties the archwire into the bracket. Found in numerous colors for better appearance.

Headgear Tube – Round, hollow attachment on the back molar bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Hook – Small welded or removable attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Loop in Archwire – Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don’t have a loop.

Tie Wire – Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Contact our practice at 610.435.2788 to schedule your initial orthodontic consultation. And keep rocking out with the biggest smile!

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