Emergency Care

parts of braces

Parts of the Braces

Bracket - Small square attachment that holds the wire in place and is cemented directly to the tooth’s surface

Archwire - The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth into the desired position. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as the teeth move closer to their final position.

Band - A thin ring of metal with a bracket attached to it that is fitted around the tooth (usually a back one) and cemented in place.

Elastic Tie - A tiny rubber band (sometimes colored) that fits around the bracket to help hold the wire in place.

Coil Spring - A compressed spring that fits over the archwire and in between the brackets to open space between teeth.

Hook - A welded arm on a bracket or band that is used to attach elastics (rubber bands).

Elastic(Rubber Band) - A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the braces to provide pressure and help move the teeth.

Orthodontic Terms

Spacer or Separator - A small rubber ring that is placed between your teeth to create space for the bands to be placed.

Banding -The process of fitting the bands (metal rings) that go around your back teeth.

Bonding -The process of attaching brackets directly to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.

Rebonding - The process of re-cementing a bracket which has been broken off your tooth.

Recementing - The process of re-attaching a band which has come loose from your back tooth .

Debonding - The process of removing cemented brackets and bands from your teeth when treatment is complete.

Expanders - The cemented devices attached to the upper and/or lower teeth that are turned daily to widen the jaws.

Power Chain - A connected chain of tiny rubber bands that goes from bracket to bracket to help close spaces between teeth.

North Olmsted

Community Building
26777 Lorain Rd., #214
North Olmsted, OH 44070


North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville Dental
34155 Center Ridge Rd.
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039


Dr. Souris treated both of my children and the results were fantastic. I have never seen my children smile so much. Both he and the staff were very friendly and professional. ~ Mary L.

Our Hours

Mon: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Evening hours available: 1pm to 8pm, two Tuesdays/month
Wed: 9:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri: Closed Sat: Closed Sun: Closed