Dental Instruments – Bracket, Holder & Twister
Dental brackets, holders, and twisters are all components used in orthodontic treatment to help move teeth into their proper positions.
Dental brackets are small, typically square or rectangular, pieces of metal or ceramic that are bonded to the teeth. They have a slot or groove in the middle where the archwire is placed, and they are designed to hold the wire in place while applying pressure to the teeth. Brackets can also be used to attach elastics or rubber bands to help move the teeth.
Dental holders, also known as band seats or band pushers, are tools used to place bands around teeth. Bands are metal rings that are cemented onto the molars to provide an anchor point for the braces. The holder is used to push the band into place and ensure a proper fit.
Dental twisters, also called elastomerics, are small elastic bands used to secure the archwire to the brackets. They come in various colors and are changed at each adjustment appointment to ensure the wire remains securely in place.
Together, these components work to apply the necessary pressure to the teeth to shift them into their desired positions. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Patients should brush their teeth regularly and avoid eating sticky or hard foods that can damage the brackets, holders, or twisters.