Parts of Braces

Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Ashland, MA

At Dr. Pardo Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Pardo and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists have years of experience treating patients throughout the Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, MA areas, and we work hard to design personalized treatment plans to perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. While many patients have questions on things like oral hygiene and the benefits of the orthodontic treatments we offer, there's another, less practical question we hear just as much: what do all those little parts of braces do? As it turns out, each component of braces has a specialized function – and working together, they all combine forces to gently guide your teeth to new positions and give you a beautiful new smile.


Bands are the anchors for braces. They're essentially rings of metal that are fitted to the molars and premolars as tightly as possible, then cemented on with a special dental cement. Once fitted, the bands provide a solid anchor for the archwire to push off of.


Brackets are the small metal studs cemented to the front of each tooth, and they hold the archwire in place against the teeth. We'll usually use small elastic ties to hold the archwire into a slot in the bracket, and we can fit brackets directly to the teeth or to a band.


The archwire does the heavy lifting of moving teeth. It’s custom-shaped specifically for your mouth, letting it apply a constant, gentle force through the brackets that moves teeth over time.


These are the tiny rubber rings that hold the archwire in place in the brackets.


Hooks are the word we use for for the small studs and attachments that come off of some brackets. We use them to attach rubber bands, which can help us make changes to the alignment of the jaw.

Coil Spring

A coil spring is an ingenious device that lets us use braces to push teeth apart. It's just what it sounds like: it's a small spring that fits over the archwire between two brackets, exerting an outward force to push too teeth apart.

Contact Your Ashland, MA Braces & Invisalign Expert

Now that you know what all the parts of braces do, why not see them in action? Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your best asset, and if you're thinking about improving your life with a better smile, there's never been a better time. Feel free to call us at (508) 881-4107, reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or use our easy online form to request an appointment at our Ashland, MA office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to showing you just how powerful all those little parts of braces can be when they work together!