- Ligature – The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can be either a tiny elastic or a twisted wire.
- Archwire – The archwire is tied to all of the brackets and creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.
- Brackets – Brackets are connected to the bands, or directly bonded on the teeth, and hold the archwire in place.
- Metal Band – The band is the cemented ring of metal which wraps around the tooth.E. Bracket HooksThe bracket or band extensions that are used for the attachment of rubber bands.
Anterior Front. Appliances Any device, attached to the teeth or removable, designed to move the teeth, change the position of the jaw, or hold the teeth in their finished positions after braces are removed. Arch Upper or lower jaw. Archwire The metal wire that is attached to the brackets and used to move the teeth. Band The metal ring that is cemented to a tooth for strength and anchorage. Braces A word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance, usually comprised of brackets, bands and wires. The diagram below illustrates and names each part of a typical set of braces.