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Braces: Anatomy, Problems and Solutions


  1. Band – ring of metal that is glued onto the tooth.
  2. Bonded Bracket – attachment bonded directly to the tooth.
  3. Archwire – removable wire that fits around the arch into the bracket slots.
    • Ligature Wire – tiny wire that ties archwire into bracket.
    • Elastic Ligature – plastic module that ties archwire into bracket.
  4. Door – when closed, keeps the archwire in the bracket (a new technology!)
  5. Hooks – used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Problem: Loose Band or Bracket

Solution: The seal created by the cement (glue) has been broken. Call our office and schedule an appointment. If a band or bracket detaches from the wire, save it and bring it with you to your next appointment.

Problem: Broken Archwire or Headgear, Lost Ligature or Hook

Solution: These problems could cause the teeth to shift in the wrong direction and should be corrected as soon as possible. Call our office and schedule an appointment.

Problem: Sticker

Solution: That’s the term for a wire that sticks out and causes irritation. Try tucking it in with the eraser part of a pencil. If that doesn’t work, dry it with a napkin and place wax over the wire to prevent further sticking.

Problem: Soreness

Solution: To relieve any soreness, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and/or take Advil or Tylenol as directed.

Our Happy Patients

"I have nothing but great things to say about Dental Care of Texas. Definitely most affordable around the area, and also have payment plans that help single Mom's like myself. Staff is always nice and very helpful. I have another kid that's going to need braces soon and I will be returning to Dental Care of Texas, without a doubt."

Robin A. Robin A.

"The front office staff has been very helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to scheduling my appointments or working with my insurance, and I know I can trust the care I receive from their hygienists and dentists. All of that is really just a bonus to the awesome convenience of being able to go in on a Saturday!"

Leslie A. Leslie A.

"I am very impressed with the staff. They are friendly, professional, courteous, and a joy to be around. A very nice clean professional facility, great for kids and family. I can see why this becomes everyone's dentist. Job well done!"

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