Glossary

archwire

A wire engaged in orthodontic attachments, affixed to the crowns of two or more teeth and capable of causing or guiding tooth movement.

band (orthodontic)

A thin metal ring, usually stainless steel, which serves to secure orthodontic attachments to a tooth. The band, with orthodontic attachments welded or soldered to it, is closely adapted to fit the contours of the tooth and then cemented into place.

bond

A seal that is created by orthodontic cement that attaches the appliance to your tooth.

bracket

An orthodontic attachment that is secured to a tooth (either by bonding or banding) for the purpose of engaging an archwire. Brackets can be fabricated from metal, ceramic or plastic.

buccal tubes

Small tubes that face your cheek which are used to anchor archwires.

elastics (rubber bands)

Used to move teeth in a prescribed direction (commonly connected to molar band and upper ball hook).

elastic tie

A small rubber band that is placed around each bracket to hold the archwire in place. Found in numerous colors for better appearance.

expander

Attached to the upper molars through bonding or by cemented bands, the palatal expander is used to create a wider space in the upper jaw. We have nearly eliminated the need for this.

impressions

Models of a patient’s teeth made either from putty molds or digital scanning which allows us to plan your orthodontic treatment.

phase I treatment

Also called interceptive or early treatment, this is orthodontic correction which can lessen or eliminate later orthodontic problems in children.

retainer

Any orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, used to maintain the position of the teeth following corrective treatment.

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