Parts of Braces


During your first visit with our Evansville orthodontist, Dr. Devon Cook, it may be determined that braces are the correct treatment option to correct a certain orthodontic problem. Once we place the braces on your teeth, you might wonder how those braces are actually going to move your teeth and what all of the different parts do. Dr. Cook, along with his friendly team, is here to answer any questions that you might have, and wants to make sure that you are comfortable and confident throughout treatment. We understand that patient education is a big part of patient success and you might be interested in what each part of your braces does!

  • Bands – Bands are the metal rings that are usually placed on your teeth to hold on parts of your braces.
  • Brackets – Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwire in place.
  • Archwire – A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.
  • Elastics – Elastics, or rubber bands, help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw.
  • Hooks – Hooks are small attachments on the brackets, which are used to attach elastic, or rubber bands.
  • Coil Spring – The coil spring fits between the brackets and over the archwire to help open or maintain the space between two teeth.

If you would like more information on the different parts of braces, feel free to contact our office and we’ll be happy to assist you. Schedule your first visit today!