Braces Diagram

Braces Diagram

ELASTIC TIE

Small Rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

ARCHWIRE

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

BRACKET

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.

TIE WIRE

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

COIL SPRING

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

BAND

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.

HOOK

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