Parts of Braces

From Your Elko Orthodontist

At Elko Dental Specialists, our mission is to help our patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Our doctors and highly trained team of dental and orthodontic specialists work hard to make every patient feel at home, and we strive to craft comprehensive treatment plans of both dental and orthodontic care to suit all of our patients' diverse needs. We believe patient education is a vital part of successful treatment, and we're often asked about the components that go into braces - what do all those little parts do, anyways?

Fitting Together for a Beautiful Smile

Braces are a highly advanced technology over a hundred years in the making, and today's braces are slim, lightweight, and engineered to give patients a beautiful smile in less time than ever. They have a number of components, and each serves its own unique function.

  • Bands: Bands are rings of metal that fit around the back molars and sometimes the pre-molars. They help anchor braces to the teeth and jaws, and they're sealed in place with fluoridated dental cement, preventing calcification during treatment.
  • Brackets: Brackets are small metal pieces that hold the archwire against the teeth. The archwire fits into a slot in the brackets, and the brackets can be attached to a band or directly to the teeth.
  • Archwire: The archwire is the main wire that runs through the braces, and it does most of the heavy lifting for moving the teeth. We custom-make the archwire to fit each patient's dental arch, and it applies small forces to the teeth that gradually move them to their correct positions.
  • Elastics: Similar to a tiny rubber band, elastics are small rubber rings that fit around the brackets and hold the archwire in place.
  • Hooks: Hooks are small studs attached to brackets that we use to attach larger rubber bands. They're very useful when we need to make changes to jaw alignment.
  • Coil Spring: A coil spring is a clever device that fits over the archwire between two brackets. It applies a small pressure that can be used to separate overcrowded teeth.

Contact Your Elko Braces & Invisalign Experts

Have more questions about how braces work or want to come in for a visit? We're here to help! Feel free to call us at 775-753-6118, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to showing you the magic of braces in action!