Braces are impressive little tools. Over time, they move your teeth…but how do they accomplish that? Today we’re going to discuss just how metal braces for teeth actually work.
Braces have four basic parts:
- Brackets, which are made of metal or ceramic and are attached to each tooth;
- Bonding material (glue) or a metal band that attaches the bracket to the tooth;
- Arch wire, which is a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket and puts pressure on the teeth;
- Ligature elastic, which are small colored elastic bands that hold the bracket onto the arch wire and are typically changed at each visit.