Orthodontics 101

Orthodontics 101


Here is a helpful diagram for you if you ever have a problem with your braces. With this diagram you can easily tell what is giving you a hard time, so when you call the office you will know exactly what is bothering you! 



Bracket: An orthodontic bracket is a small metal attachment cemented directly to the tooth, which has four wings, serving to fasten the arch wire to the band

Elastic Tie: A small rubber band that loops around your bracket to hold your archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors and are changed at every visit.

Hook: A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.

Rubber Band: A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your braces to provide pressure to move your teeth to their new position.

Wire: A wire that is attached to brackets and acts as a track to guide your teeth as they move. Dr. Aszkler may change it periodically as your teeth move into new positions.

Band: A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth, going completely around it.


Please remember, whenever something is broken, call us right away!