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Glossary

You will find the definitions of keywords used in orthodontics here.

Bracket

This term refers to a kind of little clip that can be attached to the teeth and which can then transmit the forces and torques of orthodontic wires to the teeth. Brackets are the universal working materials in fixed orthodontics. Brackets that are stuck on have been used in orthodontics since 1970 and have largely superseded the cemented bands that were used previously. Brackets, which have been continuously improved, save the therapist a lot of work today, for example, by the use of special brackets for each individual tooth (programming, straight-wire technology) and also by self-ligation which does away with the need for fixing orthodontic wires with elastic or wire ligatures, which is very time-consuming. However, a certain degree of good training and manual skill is still called for in order to work successfully with brackets.