Parts of Braces

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Dr. Lennard and his team know that all of the parts of braces can be confusing, which is why they want to make sure their patients have all the information they need to fully understand their orthodontic treatment. The more familiar you are with the design and function of your braces, the better you will be able to appreciate the orthodontic process. Below are some descriptions of the different parts.

Bands: A ring of metal, which fit around the molars and sometimes premolars. These thin bands of stainless steel are carefully fitted around the tooth and then cemented in place using dental cement that contains fluoride. Brackets, tubes, or hooks may be welded to these bands, allowing the orthodontist to move each tooth in every direction.

Brackets: The brackets hold the archwire against each tooth. These small attachments are bonded to your teeth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. A bracket can be attached to a band or bonded directly to the teeth. The brackets can be made of several types of materials including stainless steel and clear ceramic.

Archwire: The main wires or archwires are shaped specifically to fit around the arch into the bracket slots. Your teeth move from the pressure that is applied by the braces. These wires traditionally were made only of stainless steel.

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

Hooks: Hooks are small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands). These small attachments are used to apply forces to the archwire or individual teeth.

Coil Springs: The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire. These devices may be made of stainless steel or titanium and can be used in a "push" or "pull" fashion in order to open or close space between teeth.

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Here at Lennard Orthodontics, we want to make sure you have all of the information you need to get the most out of your treatment. If you live in San Jose, California and have any questions about your braces, our team is here and ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!