A metal wire that is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special safe adhesive.
Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwire in place.
An x-ray of the head that shows if your teeth are aligned and growing properly.
A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.
Spaces between teeth are another common problem treated with orthodontics. Like crowding, spacing may be related to a tooth-to-jaw size disharmony.
The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.
During various phases of treatment, small elastics or rubber bands are used as a gentle but continuous force to help individual tooth movement or the aligning of jaws.
An appliance that is designed to correct bites and improve facial profiles.
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.
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 goes quicker and is less painful.
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.
Facial and intraoral photographs will be taken throughout treatment.
An evaluation of your progress where your wires may be changed to keep your treatment on track and moving forward.
These records, which include cephalometric and panoramic x-rays, digital photos and study models, help your orthodontist determine what treatment needs to be done.
An appliance you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position while the teeth adjust to their new position.
A plastic or metal part that the orthodontist uses to create space between your teeth for bands.
A procedure to measure how well your teeth come together. You bite a sheet of wax and leave bitemarks in the wax. This helps the orthodontist relate the upper and lower models of your teeth together.