Brackets are the individual pieces of metal that are cemented onto each tooth, although they can be made of other materials as well. The wires in your braces will feed through each bracket, connecting them one by one. Some brackets are equipped with hooks to fasten rubber bands to, a technique used to align the jaw.
The arch wires are the long strands of metal that run all the way across the teeth. These wires connect every tooth together and are responsible for exerting pressure on the teeth, causing them to move towards a proper alignment. These are often changed throughout a treatment to provide varying levels of pressure on the teeth.
Rubber bands are small pieces of elastic that are typically removed and replaced every day. These attach a tooth on the top of the mouth to a tooth on the bottom, correcting the alignment of the jaw. This is how overbites and underbites are fixed.
Contact us to learn more about the parts of the braces and how orthodontics treatment can help you or your children perfect your smile. Elegant Orthodontics accepts patients in Boston, Norwood, and other nearby surrounding areas.