There are four parts to braces:
1. The bracket or band (the metal ring) that is attached to each tooth;
2. The cement or bonding material that attaches the bracket or band to each tooth;
3. The arch wire that fits into all the brackets;
4. Elastics or wire ties that hold the wire into the bracket or band.
Most of the time, brackets, bands and arch wires are made of metal, but brackets and elastics can also be clear, tooth-colored or multi-colored.