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This is where we get geeky about orthodontic treatments. We are intrigued by braces, and you will be too when you learn how the parts of braces work in harmony to straighten your smile. At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.

Braces are complex mechanisms by which an orthodontist can control the shifting of your teeth, as well as how your jaw develops. The process is really quite fascinating! This is an overview of a basic braces design. You can learn more about parts of braces that may be used in your treatment by reading our orthodontic dictionary [LINK]. Your orthodontist uses the parts of braces to maneuver the teeth.

Bands

Just like in a romantic comedy, bands play a supporting role in orthodontics. They are not the main characters, but the plot just isn’t the same without them. Bands are used as the foundations for other parts of braces, such as brackets.

Parts of Braces in Charlotte and Huntersville, NC

Brackets

Brackets are the most numerous parts of braces. A bracket is bonded to most of your teeth. Like bands, brackets play a supporting role.

Hooks

Yet another co-star, hooks are mounted on bands so you can use elastics and rubber bands. The elastics and bands work with the archwires to shift the teeth into a specific position.

Archwire

This is the star of the show. Archwires are attached to brackets, hooks and tubes, and are directly responsible for the shifting of your teeth.

Ligature

Think of a ligature like a co-star. These are small wires that attach the archwires to the brackets, hooks and tubes, holding the archwires in place.

We know you share our excitement with how the parts of braces improve your smile! Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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