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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 if your teeth are aligned and growing properly.

  • 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 is making a model of your teeth. You bite into a tray filled with a rubber-type material. That material hardens to produce a mold of your teeth.

  • Interceptive Treatment

    Orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 7 and 10. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to provide orthopedic intervention, so that later orthodontic treatment is less complex.

  • Interproximal Reduction (IPR)

    Interproximal reduction (IPR) is the removal of small amounts of outer enamel tooth surface between two adjacent teeth. It is a means to acquire additional space to create ideal tooth alignment. Alternative names include: slenderizing, stripping, enamel reduction, and reproximation.

  • Oral Hygiene

    Effective brushing and flossing is most critical during orthodontic treatment. Regular visits to your family 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 upon the completion of treatment show the amazing changes that the orthodontics has achieved in both growth and development of the teeth, jaws and aesthetics of the smile. The orthodontist uses these pictures throughout treatment to monitor changes.

  • 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.

  • Surgery

    Orthognathic surgery is surgery performed on the bones of the jaws to change their positions. It may be considered for functional, cosmetic, or health reasons. It is surgery commonly performed on the jaws in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, which straightens the teeth.

  • Two-phase Treatment

    Two phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.

  • 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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