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Parts of Braces


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.


Brackets are attached directly to each tooth or to a band.The brackets hold the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket.


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 memory of the archwire, which guides the direction of the movement.


Hooks are small attachments on the arch wires or brackets and are used to attach elastics (rubber bands) or coils.

Coil Spring

The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire.

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