Braces Terminology

Bracket – metal or clear ceramic square that is bonded (glued) to the tooth.


Band – metal ring that hugs around the tooth


Wire – that runs through each bracket


O-tie – Circular, colored tie that holds the wire into each bracket


Separator (spacer) – Blue round elastic that is placed between the contact of two teeth to make space for a band.


Elastics (rubber bands) – Larger, clear-colored rubber bands that are used to attach the hooks from the upper teeth to the lower teeth. These are used to shift teeth around and get the ideal bite.


Metal tie – small thin metal wire that fits around the brackets to hold the main wire in place tightly.


Power thread – white or grey thin stretchy thread used to tie around a bracket of a tooth and pull it out toward a wire.


Power chain ­– clear or colored elastic circles that connect like a chain. This is used to help close space between teeth.


Exposure chain – gold linked chain that seems to disappear into the gums and is attached to a tooth stuck in the gums.


Blue glue – blue hard plastic material that is added to biting surface of the teeth to prop the mouth open to allow tooth movement and prevent upper teeth from biting off lower brackets.


Bite turbo – White plastic or metal attached to the tongue side of the front two teeth to prop the mouth open to allow tooth movement.

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