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ortho dictionary

Ortho Dictionary

Parts of Braces

Appliance:
Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
Archwire:
The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to new positions.
Band:
A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth, going completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.
Bond:
The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.
Bracket:
A metal or ceramic part cemented ("bonded") to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.
Coil Spring:
A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.
Elastic (Rubber Band):
A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to a new position.
Elastic Tie:
The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
 
 
Hook:
A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.
Ligature:
A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.
 
Mouthguard:
A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.
Palatal Expander:
A device that makes your upper jaw wider.
Retainer:
An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, the retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue-side of several teeth.
Spacer:
A small metal spring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.
Tie Wire:
A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.
 

Orthodontic Procedures

Banding:
The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
Bonding:
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.
Cephalometric X-ray:
An X-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.
Consultation:
A meeting with your Treatment Coordinator to discuss your  diagnosis, treatment recommendations and financial options.
Removal:
The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands and brackets from your teeth.
 
Impressions:
A model of your mouth made by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.
Invisalign®:
An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear custom-molded aligners. Invisalign can correct some, but not all, orthodontic problems.
Ligation:
The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.
Panoramic X-ray:
An X-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and other facial areas.