Helpful Information for Braces

A. Ligature: The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can be either a tiny elastic or a twisted wire.


B. Archwire: The archwire is tied to all of the brackets and creates forces to move teeth into proper alignment.


C. Brackets: Brackets are connected to the bands, or directly bonded on the teeth, and hold the archwire in place.


D. Metal Band: The band is the cemented ring of metal which wraps around the tooth.


E. Elastic Hooks & Rubber Bands: Elastic hooks are used for the attachment of rubber bands, which help move teeth toward their final position.

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