Parts of Braces


Copy of Copy of Appliance Parts

Dr. Dorsch has been giving patients a new, more beautiful smile using the latest orthodontic techniques for more than 30 years. He has seen all of the revelations in orthodontic treatment that have occurred and has followed the advancements in orthodontics his entire career. There are a variety of treatments types today that can result in straight teeth. And those treatment methods are faster and more comfortable than ever before. He and his staff want you to understand braces treatment, from the inside out. Here’s how the parts become the braces that will lead to your dazzling new smile. 


Bands are a ring of metal, which fit around the molars and sometimes premolars. The bands are selected from a range of sizes in order to find the tightest fitting band. The bands are sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.


The brackets hold the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.


The main wires or archwires, are shaped specifically to fit around the arch into the bracket slots. Teeth move from the pressure that is applied by the braces. That pressure comes from the archwire, which guides the direction of the movement.


An elastic is the tiny rubber ring that ties the archwire into the bracket.


Hooks are small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Coil Spring

The coil spring fits between brackets and over the archwire.

We hope this better explains what will be going on inside your mouth when you elect to get started with your braces treatment. Whether you are a young teen or an older adult, we have the types of braces or Invisalign process that will work best for your particular situation and preferences. Give us a call today at (816) 454-6800 and schedule your next appointment at our Kansas City, Liberty or Cameron offices. Or use our online appointment form to find a time that’s best for you for your free first time consultation. Let Dr. Dorsch help you acquire the beautiful, confident smile you’ve always wanted.