Braces Diagram


Orthodontic Glossary

  • Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

  • Loop in Wire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don't have a loop.

  • Wire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It's changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

  • Bracket: A small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth's surface, eliminating the need for a band.

  • Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

  • Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

  • Tie Wire: The fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

  • Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

  • Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

  • Rubber Band (Elastic): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.


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18121 Magnolia St.
Huntington Beach

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708
Phone: 714-962-8880
Fax: (714) 962-8883
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Chi H. Bui, DMD, MS
18121 Magnolia St.
Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

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