The world of orthodontics can be a little overwhelming at first. Take a moment to review these terms that you’ll most likely hear throughout treatment. We’re always here to answer any questions you may have.
Parts of Braces
Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to new positions.
A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth by going completely around it. They provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.
The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.
A metal or ceramic part cemented (or “bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.
A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.
Elastic (Rubber Band)
A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to a new position.
The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
An appliance that uses an external wire apparatus known as a “facebow” to gently guide the growth of your face and jaw by moving your teeth into proper position. The force is applied to the facebow by a spring-loaded neck strap or head strap. The straps have a safety release that disconnects if the facebow is pulled or snagged.
A round, hollow attachment on your back bands where the inner bow of your headgear fits into.
The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.
An X-Ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.
A meeting with your orthodontist to discuss a treatment plan.
The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands from your teeth.
The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.
The process of making a model of your teeth by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.
An alternative to traditional braces that straightens your teeth with a series of clear custom-molded aligners. Invisalign can correct some, but not all, orthodontic problems.
The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.
An X-Ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and other facial areas.