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DICTIONARY: BRACES GLOSSARY
Parts of Braces
Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to new positions.
A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth, going completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.
The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.
A metal or clear part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.
A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.
Elastic (Rubber Band):
A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to a new position. Elastics vary in size and strength. They are used to correct overjets and overbites.
The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.
A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.
A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.
A device that makes your upper jaw wider.
An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, the retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue-side of several teeth.
Separator or Spacer:
A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.
A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.
Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.