These items are used in almost all cases so we’ve grouped them under “the basics”.
Generally speaking, this section covers the more common items used in the daily treatment of most cases. This will include the brackets (braces), bands, rubber bands (elastics), separators (spacers), and IPR or interproximal reduction. IPR is not as common, however, it is included in this section because it is a base component in invisalign cases and is often used judiciously in crowding cases and recession cases as well.
What are Bands?
A band is a ring we place around the molar or back teeth like we would place a ring on a finger. This is just a different type of handle than a bracket and actually has a bracket welded to the ring. Dr. Michele chooses to use bands on the very back teeth because these are your crushing teeth and the bands offer more support against the chewing forces in your mouth. These are your anchors.