Parts of Braces

ffi_bands.jpgBands

Bands are a ring of metal, which fit around the molars and sometimes premolars. The bands are selected from a range of sizes in order to find the tightest fitting band. The bands are sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.

ffi_brackets.jpgBrackets

The brackets hold the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.

ffi_archwire.jpgArchwire

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

ffi_elastics.jpgElastics

An elastic is the tiny rubber ring that ties the archwire into the bracket.

ffi_hooks.jpgHooks

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

ffi_coilspring.jpgCoil Spring

The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire.