Parts of Braces

 Learn About the Different Parts of Braces

Welcome to Utah Orthodontic Care, Salt Lake City’s premier dental office with multiple locations. We are a family-owned business that has been providing high quality braces at an affordable cost for more than 40 years. Our experienced staff works with patients of all ages to ensure you get the best orthodontic care and the most affordable braces in Utah. Our doctors want to make sure 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.


This is the primary wire in your braces that is shaped 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.


Bands are a ring of metal, which secures orthodontic attachments to your molars and premolars. Bands are selected from a range of sizes in order to find the tightest fitting band and are designed to fit around the contours of your teeth and are then cemented into place. The bands are sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.


Brackets are bonded to your teeth and hold the archwire in place against each tooth. Brackets are either made of stainless steel or a clear ceramic material.The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.

Elastic Tie

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

Elastics come in a variety of colors, which makes them so much fun to wear!


Hooks are small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics or to apply forces to the archwire.


Spacers are small elastics that fit tightly in between certain teeth to move them slightly until bands can be placed on later.

Contact Utah Orthodontic Care Today!

We hope this better explains what will be going on inside your mouth when you elect to get started with your braces treatment. If you’re in the Salt Lake City area and are interested in scheduling a consultation or have questions about your braces, or orthodontic financing, give us a call today at (801) 999-4431 and schedule your next appointment at the location nearest you. Remember, your first consultation is always free! We look forward to hearing from you!