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Orthodontic Terms


  • Banding
  • Bonding
  • Cephalometric X-ray
  • Debonding
  • Emergencies
  • Extractions
  • Impressions
  • Interceptive Treatment
  • Interproximal Reduction (IPR)
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Orthodontic Adjustment
  • Orthodontic Photographs
  • Orthodontic Records
  • Panoramic X-ray
  • Surgery
  • Two-Phase Treatment
  • Wax
Banding

Banding

The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Bonding

Bonding

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

Cephalometric X-ray

Cephalometric X-ray

An x-ray of the head that shows if your teeth are aligned and growing properly within the jaws.

Debonding

debonding

The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.

Emergencies

Emergencies

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

Extractions

Extractions

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

Impressions

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

Interceptive Treatment

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

Interproximal Reduction (IPR)

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

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

Orthodontic Adjustment

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

Orthodontic Photographs

Orthodontic Photographs

Pictures taken upon the completion of treatment show the amazing changes that orthodontics have achieved in both growth and development of the teeth, jaws and aesthetics of the smile. The orthodontist uses the pictures throughout treatment to monitor changes.

Orthodontic Records

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

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

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 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 esthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.

Wax

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. Wax works best when the irritating area is dried well first and then, embedded totally within the pea-sized or grape-sized ball of wax.

American Association of Orthodontists
World Federation of Orthodontists
Australian Dental Association
Australian Society of Orthodontists
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