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What Are Brackets For Braces?

The first question a lot of patients have is what are the brackets for braces? Let us answer that right now!

The Bracket is an orthodontic attachment secured to a tooth for the purpose of attaching an archwire. Braces Diagram,  normally the bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth, which eliminates the need for a band.  (Brackets with an attached archwire are parts that “make” the appliance or brace.)

But there are more than just the bracket mentioned above, we will cover all aspects of the brace structure so there is a more inclusive view of what consists of braces. We will cover more on what a bracket for braces consists of as well.

Brackets for braces would be seen with Ceramic braces. Ceramic braces which are sometimes called clear braces, are similar to standard metal braces but are made from a material that matches your tooth color. These perform the same function as standard metal braces but give the look of less metal, which is sometimes more appealing to our patients.

Another type of brace would be the Standard Metal Brace. Standard metal braces refer to the most commonly seen style of braces, made of small stainless steel brackets applied directly to the front of your teeth. These kinds of braces are adjusted using a small wire that connects to each bracket. Your orthodontist at Amazing Smiles applies these kinds of braces using a dental adhesive, which is carefully attached to your teeth without damaging the tooth or enamel.

Brackets For Braces

Here is a comprehensive list of what braces consist of (just to give a more in-depth view):

Archwire: The archwire is a metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.  The archwire is changed throughout your treatment as the teeth move to different positions.

Elastic Rubberband:  An elastic is a small rubber band that is attached at two points between the top and bottom teeth. The elastic adds pressure to move the teeth through the braces diagram.

Band:  A band is a thin metal ring, usually stainless steel, which serves to secure orthodontic attachments to a tooth. The band is closely adapted to fit the contours of the tooth and is cemented into place.

Coil Spring:  The Coil Spring fits between brackets and over the archwire to widen spaces between teeth.

Elastic Ties:  The Elastic tie or rubber band is the tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket and holds the archwire in place. Changing the colors of your elastic ties can give your braces a fresh new look!

Headgear Tube:  The headgear tube is a round, hollow attachment where the inner bow of the headgear is inserted.

Hook:  A hook is either welded or temporarily attached to the bracket. The hook holds the elastic in place.

Loop in Archwire:  A loop is created in your archwire to the typically close spacing between teeth that have been caused by extraction. Most archwires do not need loops.

Tie Wire:  A tie wire is a thin piece of wire that is wrapped around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

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To learn more about our orthodontic care, visit Amazing Smiles with convenient locations in Cedarhurst Brooklyn, and Queens, NY. Amazing Smiles honors payment plans such as payment installments, insurance, flexible spending programs, and third-party financing.

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