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Springfield, MO 65804
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Branson, MO 65616
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Orthodontic Terms

  • Adjustment

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

  • Appliance

    Anything the orthodontist attaches to your teeth to move your teeth or to change the shape of your jaw.

  • Archwire

    A metal wire that is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

  • Band

    Bands are metal bands that are sometimes placed on the back molars and are used to anchor other orthodontic appliances to.

  • Banding

    The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

  • Bonding

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

  • Bracket

    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. The brackets used in orthodontics today are much smaller and lighter than ever.

  • Buccal Tube

    A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The molar band contains slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.

  • Cephalometric X-Rays

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

  • Chain

    A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.

  • Consultation

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

  • Debonding

    The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.

  • Elastics

    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.

  • 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 Care

    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.

  • Ligation

    A process where an arch wire is attached to the brackets on your teeth.

  • Mouthguard

    A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouthguard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.

  • Palatal Expander

    An appliance used to help widen your upper jaw or palate.

  • Panoramic X-Rays

    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.

  • Photographs

    Facial and intraoral photographs will be taken throughout treatment.

  • 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.

  • Retainers

    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.

  • Separator

    A plastic or metal part that the orthodontist uses to create space between your teeth for bands.

  • Wax Bite

    A procedure to measure how well your teeth come together. You bite a sheet of wax and leave bite marks in the wax. This helps the orthodontist relate the upper and lower models of your teeth together.

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