A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band has a bracket attached to it. The bands are usually used on the back piece (molars and pre-molars).
Small squares that hold the archwire in place. Brackets are cemented directly onto the tooth’s surface. This practice eliminates the need for a band.
Main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It’s changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.
Fine wires that are twisted around each bracket to hold the archwire in place. Sometimes they also have a hook from which rubber bands are attached.
Tiny elastics that are twisted around each bracket to hold the archwire in place. Available in a variety of colors.
Small rubber bands of various sizes that are hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth, or bite.
Round, hollow attachments on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into them.
Hollow attachments, also on back bands, which hold the archwires in place.
Elastic ligatures that are connected to form small rubber chain from tooth to tooth. This moves the teeth. Available in a variety of colors.