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At Walker Orthodontics we want to make sure you not only get the best treatment, but that you understand how and why braces work! Learn about the different parts of braces.

Bands

Parts of Braces - Bands
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.

Brackets

Parts of Braces - Brackets
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.

Archwire

Parts of Braces - Archwire
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.

Elastics

Parts of Braces - Elastics
An elastic is the tiny rubber ring that ties the archer into the bracket.

Hooks

Parts of Braces - Hooks
Hooks are small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands)

Coil Spring

Parts of Braces - Coil Spring
The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire.