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Parts of your teeth
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Parts of your braces
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Parts Of Your Braces
- Anything the orthodontist attaches to your teeth to move your teeth or to
change the shape of your jaw
- Arch Wire
- A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.
- a metal ring that is usually placed on you teeth to hold on parts of your
- A metal or ceramic part that is glued onto a tooth and serves as a means
of fastening the arch wire.
- A breakaway is a small plastic piece with an internal spring which is used
to provide force on a facebow.
- Buccal tube
- A small metal part that is welded on the ourside of a molar bank. The
buccal tube contains a slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and
other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.
- Chain, Orthodontic Chain
- A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to
- Facebow, Headgear
- Facebows are partially external appliances used to move your
upper molars back in your
mouth which creates room for crowded or protrusive anterior teeth. Generally,
the facebow consists of two metal parts which have been attached together. The
inner part is shaped like a horseshoe. This part goes in your mouth and is
connected to your buccal tubes. The outer part has two curves. The curves go
around your face, and connect to the breakaways or high pull
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- Ligating module
- A small plastic piece, shaped like a donut, which is used to hold the arch
wires in the brackets on your teeth.
- Lip bumper
- A lip bumper is used to push the molars on your lower jaw back to create
more space for other teeth. The lip bumper conists of an arch wire which is
attached to a molded piece of plastic. You mount the arch wire in the buccal
tubes on your lower jaw, and plastic piece rests against your lips. When you
eat or talk, you push the plastic piece back which pushes on your molars. That
pushes your molars back.
- A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are
participating in sports. The use of a mouthguard is especially important for
orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.
- Neck pad
- A neckpad is a cloth covered cushion which you wear around your neck when
you put on your facebow. Generally, the breakaways are attached to the neckpad
to provide force for the facebow.
- Palatal Expander
- A device used to make your jaw wider. Click
here to see.
- A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after the orthodntist
removes your braces. The retainer attaches to your upper teeth and holds them
in the correct position. You wear the retainer at night to make sure that none
of your teeth move while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached
to your jaw. Click
here to see.
- Safety Strap
- A plastic strap which prevents a facebow from coming loose and hurting
- A plastic or metal part which the orthodontist uses to create space
between your teeth for bands.
- A clear wax used to prevent your braces from irritating your lips when
your braces are first put on, or at other times. Click
here to see it.