Do you ever wonder what appliances make up braces in Elkhorn, Nebraska? If so, Dr. Laura Rothe is happy to show you on this page! If you have any unanswered questions, please feel free to call Skyline Orthodontics and talk to a member of our team. Our orthodontist looks forward to giving you a radiant and beautiful smile!


Anything the orthodontist attaches to your teeth to move your teeth or to change the shape of your jaw.

Arch wire

An arch wire is a metal wire that is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.


Bands are metal bands that are sometimes placed on the back molars and are used to anchor other orthodontic appliances.


Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the arch wire in place. The brackets used in orthodontics today bond directly to the teeth with a tooth-colored bonding adhesive. They are much smaller and lighter than ever.

Buccal Tube

A buccal tube is the small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The molar band contains slots to hold arch wires, lip bumpers, face bows, and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.


This is a stretchable, plastic chain that is used to keep arch wires inside brackets and to move teeth.


During various phases of treatment, small elastics or rubber bands are used as a gentle but continuous force to help individual tooth movement or the alignment of jaws.


The Forsus appliance is made up of a spring module that is attached to the upper molars and a push rod attached to the lower arch wire. This appliance will help correct a large overjet.


Headgear is a wire apparatus used to move your upper molars back in your mouth, which creates room for crowded or protrusive anterior teeth. Generally, the headgear consists of two metal parts, which have been attached together. The inner part is shaped like a horseshoe. This part goes in your mouth and is connected to your buccal tubes. The outer part has two curves that go around your face and connect to the product; the inner bow needs to be inserted into your buccal tubes. Completing the apparatus is a plastic safety strap that is placed over the neck band and onto the outer bow of the headgear.

Legating Module

This is a small plastic piece, shaped like a donut, which is used to hold the arch wires in the brackets on your teeth.

LLHA (Lower Lingual Holding Arch)

This is used to hold space for permanent teeth when primary teeth are lost early.


A mouthguard is a device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouthguard is especially important for orthodontic patients to prevent injuries.


A nightguard is an intraoral device that provides a thin layer of soft or hard acrylic or plastic between your teeth.


A retainer is an appliance that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position while the bone around your teeth adjusts to the new positions of your teeth. At first, you wear the retainer 24 hours a day and then only at night.

RPE (Rapid Palatal Expander)

This fixed appliance is used to widen the upper jaw, creating more room for crowded teeth, correcting a cross-bite, and improving the width of the smile.


This is a plastic or metal part that the orthodontist uses to create space between your teeth for bands.

TADS (Temporary Anchorage Devices)

These are implants that are used temporarily for moving teeth.

TPA (Transpalatal Arch)

This is a thin wire that goes across the roof of the mouth from first molar to the opposite first molar. They are used to maintain arch width and aid in molar movement that wires alone cannot achieve.


A clear wax is used to prevent your braces from irritating your lips or cheeks when your braces are first put on or at other times.