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Orthodontic treatments involve using a wide variety of tools and appliances to move the teeth around. This goal is usually achieved through brackets and archwires. Nonetheless, brackets come in different shapes and have different functions.
On the other hand, the archwire is the tool responsible for applying force to the teeth to move them. However, these archwires have a pointy end that can hurt the patient's cheeks.
Fortunately, this can be prevented with buccal tubes.
An orthodontic buccal tube is an appliance that the dentist bonds to the molars during orthodontic treatments. These appliances are designed to hold the end of the archwire in place or let it pass through.
Nonetheless, they can also be employed to apply torque to the tooth or simply let the archwire slide as it moves the teeth.
The orthodontic buccal tube is bonded to the buccal aspect of the molars. Furthermore, it can be bonded directly to the tooth enamel or the molar band.
During the early stages of the treatment, buccal tubes cover and anchor the end of the archwire.
Also, some orthodontic buccal tubes can be used as anchors to different appliances, such as an orthodontic face mask.