Often, when I get emergency calls at home, patients often don’t know what to call the different parts of their braces. This sometimes makes it hard to understand what’s come off, or what needs fixing. I thought it might be helpful to create a cheat-sheet that labels, names and describes each basic Orthodontic part – using the diagram above.
A. O-Rings: These are those small, colored elastic ties that keep the arch wires secured to your brackets. Many of patients enjoy choosing their O-Ring colors at their appointments.
B. Archwires: Dr. uses these thin, flexible wires to apply pressure, to move teeth.
C. Brackets: In order to control teeth movement, brackets are attached to the teeth. Some brackets are glued on, using special, light-curing materials. Other brackets are attached to the teeth, using metal bands that wrap all the around the teeth. The Archwires are attached to the brackets using O-Rings.
D. Molar Bands: these metal rings go around the back teeth, to anchor and control the Archwires.
E. Elastics and Elastic Hooks: Elastic Hooks hold Elastics (small rubber bands) in place, to create gentle pressure to.
F. Headgear Tubes: some patients need to wear headgear. Headgear tubes hold the headgear wires in place.
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