Parts of Braces

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Brackets

Brackets are connected to the bands, or directly connected to the teeth, and hold the archwire in place.
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Metal Bands

The band is cemented ring of metal, which wraps around the tooth.
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Archwires

The archwire is tied to all of the brackets and creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.
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Elastic Hooks and Rubber Bands

Elastic hooks are used for attachment of rubber bands, which help move the teeth towards their final position.
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Ligature

The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can either be a tiny elastic or a twisted wire.
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