Parts of Braces

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Understanding Braces

When most people think about orthodontics, they imagine a mouth full of uncomfortable metal; however, we at Surrideo Orthodontics focus on providing comfortable, low-pain treatments that leave our patients with healthy, beautiful smiles. There are several different parts that work together to make your braces function the way they are supposed without poking, prodding or leaving you with a sore mouth.  

What Makes Up Your Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is effective using parts to guide the proper movement of your teeth, including:

BANDS

The rings of metal that fit tightly around your molars are called bands and are cemented in place with dental sealant to prevent decay.

BRACKETS

The brackets are attached to each tooth, offering a spot for the archwire to connect so that your teeth can be moved a little at a time. 

ARCHWIRE

The archwire is shaped by the orthodontist depending each stage of treatment. Fitting into the brackets’ slots, the archwire provides the pressure that your teeth need to move.

ELASTICS

In order to keep the archwire attached to the brackets, your orthodontist uses elastics. These tiny rubber rings tie the archwire in place.

HOOKS

Some brackets have hook attachments on them in case rubber bands are needed at some point during your treatment.

COIL SPRING

A coil spring may be used between your brackets and over the archwire to assist in the movement of your teeth.

Visit Your Calgary Orthodontist

For more information about the parts that make up your braces, to schedule an appointment or for any questions about orthodontics, please call our office at 403-282-7878.