Patient Advice

Parts of braces

To help you better understand your orthodontic treatment, we've put together a list of the parts of your braces. Your orthodontist will often refer to these parts during appointments.

A = Tube, the brace attached on your back teeth

B = Archwire, the main wire track that connects all the brackets and guides the direction the teeth move

C = O Ring, tiny elastic bands (either clear or coloured) that hold the archwire into the slot of the bracket.  Often referred to as colours.

D = Bracket, small metal or ceramic attachment glued to the teeth