In addition to brackets and elastics, archwires are another main component of braces. Archwires fit into the slots in the brackets and are responsible for actually moving your teeth. Without an archwire, you’d be wearing the brackets of braces but they wouldn’t help move or straighten your teeth.
It is called archwire because your top teeth make up your top arch and your bottom teeth make up your lower arch. Archwires come in many different sizes; therefore, it’s best to contact your orthodontic specialist for a treatment option tailored to your individual needs.
Do I Need Archwires?
Archwires are normally installed along with braces and are used to help correct irregularities in the teeth’s positioning. Archwires can also be used to maintain dental positions, acting as a retainer.