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Orthodontic Molar Bands

Clicking through the various bands and selections on this page allows you to customize your molar band order by size, material and type, step by step.

What are Orthodontic Bands?

While not every patient getting braces will require them, orthodontic molar bands are still commonly used to help achieve straighter smiles. Attaching mainly to the back molars and sometimes to premolars, these bands work as a type of anchor or firm foundation for brackets and archwires to be secured to. Orthodontic bands are, in a sense like, thin rings that wrap all the way around a tooth. Sometimes there isn’t enough room in between teeth for these bands to go on easily, so appliances such as separators can be used to create the needed space.

Types of Bands

Bands range in various sizes in order to provide for a tight fit to an individual’s tooth. After determining the best fit, special dental cement is applied for additional security. Once treatment is over, bands are removed in the debanding process. Orthodontic molar bands are most commonly stainless steel; however, they can also be made of clear or tooth-colored materials. Types of bands include:

  • Plain: Initially, there are no existing brackets or tubes on these bands. However, after marking the optimal location on the band, brackets are later attached.
  • Pre-welded: These bands come with the tubes or brackets already attached, so then the band itself must be positioned at the best height on the tooth.
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