Orthodontic Terms

Banding

Orthodontic problems - Class II

The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Bonding

Orthodontic problems - Class III

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

Cephalometric X-Ray

Orthodontic problems - Crossbite

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

Consultation

Orthodontic problems - Crowding

A meeting with your orthodontist where he/she discusses your treatment plan.

Debonding

Orthodontic problems - Openbite

The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.

Impressions

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

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

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

Orthodontic treatment that is usually done 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.

Oral Hygiene

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

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 Records

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

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

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

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.

Two-Phase Treatment

Orthodontic problems - Spacing

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.