IF YOU ARE or have been an orthodontic patient, you have wondered what the various parts of braces are for. Some patients just have the basics while others need special appliances to correct a more difficult problem. Let us take a closer look.
The Foundation: The Brackets
The brackets are the anchor points that support the rest of the braces. We place them in very precise positions on the teeth so that the pressure of the archwire will push them in the right direction. It takes years of education beyond dental school to learn the best way to do this.
The Pressure: The Arch wires
Arch wires run through every bracket in an arch, and we choose the right material and thickness for what the patient’s treatment plan requires. They provide gradual, continuous pressure as they try to return to their original shape, guiding teeth towards their correct position. They are held together by the colourful (or, if you prefer, clear) ligatures or O-rings.
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