During your consultation at Hardy Dental Group, it is important for you to know the many parts of your braces and how it works to correct your teeth. With this knowledge, you’ll fully understand what your orthodontist is talking about and you’ll be more engaged in the process. It will also help you to better communicate with your needs during the treatment.
For instance, if a part of your dental appliance will need cleaning, or a part of it needs to be fixed, you’ll know exactly what they are talking about.
The five main components of the braces are:
1. Ligature (Elastic Ties)
These are tiny rubber bands that go over your brackets to help hold the archwire in place. Ligatures comes in various colors and if you pair it with our white, or ceramic brackets these colors will pop.
The purpose of the arch wire is to shift the teeth during alignment. It is made of stainless steel and it can also be made of titanium. It is held together by brackets or other orthodontic attachments. If you opt for clear braces for teeth, the archwires are made to match the color of your teeth.
The brackets support the archwire and guide it to its desired position. It is bonded to each tooth using tooth-colored cement or it can be attached to a band. Brackets are typically made of stainless steel or transparent ceramic.
4. Metal Bands
These are thin stainless steel rings fitted to the tooth and cemented. Its purpose is to secure other orthodontic attachments like brackets, hooks, or tubes.
5. Elastic Hooks and Rubber Bands
These rubber bands designed to move the teeth in its desired position. It is usually attached to the molar band and upper ball hook.