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Glossary of Orthodontic Terms

  • Banding

    The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

  • Bonding

    The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special safe adhesive.

  • Cephalometric X-ray

    An x-ray of the head that shows the positions of the jaws and teeth.

  • Consultation

    A meeting with your Orthodontist/Treatment Coordinator where your treatment plan and options are discussed.

  • Debonding

    The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.

  • Emergencies

    Emergencies do not occur very often, but if they do, our team will respond quickly.

  • Extractions

    Extractions of impacted or problematic teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

  • Impressions

    The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with a rubber-type material. That material hardens to produce a mold of your teeth.

  • Interceptive Treatment

    Orthodontic treatment that is usually done between the ages of 6 and 10. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to provide orthopedic intervention, so that later orthodontic treatment may be less extensive and shorter in length.

  • Oral Hygiene

    Effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during braces. Regular visits to the general dentist for examination and cleaning are also essential. The results of inadequate oral hygiene include decalcification (white spots/marks), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and periodontal disease (inflammation leading to bone loss).

  • Orthodontic Adjustment

    An evaluation of your progress where your wires may be changed to keep your treatment on track and moving forward.

  • Orthodontic Photographs

    Pictures taken prior to orthodontic treatment and at the completion of treatment.

  • Orthodontic Records

    These records, which include cephalometric and panoramic x-rays, digital photos and study models, help your orthodontist determine what treatment needs to be done.

  • Panoramic X-ray

    An x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give your orthodontist a picture of your teeth, jaws and other important information.

  • Wax

    A clear wax used to prevent your braces from irritating your lips or cheeks when your braces are first put on, or as needed.


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