Parts of Braces


These are the “stick on” braces placed on each tooth and enable the teeth to move along the arch wire.


Control the molars and are usually used with appliances such as expanders.

Arch Wire

This is the main continuous wire, which acts as a guide or track along which the teeth are moved. They are changed throughout treatment. Each arch wire change brings us closer to the ideal tooth position.

Tie Wires/Elastic Colors

The small, tiny silver wires or colored elastic modules which we twist or stretch around the brackets to hold the arch wire in place.

Rubber Bands

During various phases of treatment, small rubber bands are used as a gentle, but continuous force to help individual tooth movement or the aligning of one arch to the other. Teeth have never failed to move when rubber bands are worn consistently as directed. When they are worn one day and left off the next, your treatment slows to a standstill or stops. If you follow instructions, you will get better, faster, more comfortable results.

  • Change your rubber bands at least 3 times a day: in the morning, after lunch, and before bedtime.
  • Have your elastics with you at all times.
  • If you run out, replenish immediately.
  • Don’t wait until your next appointment to restock. Visit our office for more or call us and we will mail them to you.