To know about your braces is to feel more comfortable with them.
1. Band - a ring of metal that is glued to the tooth.
2. Bonded Bracket- an attachment bonded directly to the tooth.
3. Archwire - a large removable wire that fits around the arch into the bracket slots
4. Elastic Ligature Tie - a plastic module that ties the archwire into the bracket-Sometimes a ligature wire is tied around the bracket for the same purpose.
5. Hooks - used to attach elastics (rubber bands).
Similar to learning a subject in school, there is much to know about braces. By becoming familiar with the appliances in your mouth you will be better able to communicate with the Doctor and staff when something is bothering you.