• Archwire

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

  • Bonding

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

  • Braces

    A word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance, usually comprised of brackets, bands and wires.

  • Cephalomentric X-Ray

    An x-ray of the head that shows if your jaws and 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 treatment coordinator and your orthodontist where they discuss your treatment plan.

  • Damon Bracket

    Damon passive self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic or metal "ties". With Damon tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening.

  • Debonding

    The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.

  • Emergencies

    Emergencies do not occur very often, but if they do, our team will respond quickly.

  • Extractions

    The removal of teeth; most commonly, impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are removed.

  • Fixed Retainers (lingual wire)

    Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.

  • Herbst (AdvanSync)

    An appliance that is designed to correct bites and improve facial profiles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oral Hygiene

    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 Adjustments

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

  • Orthodontic Records

    These records, which include cephalometric and panoramic x-rays and digital photos, help your orthodontist determine what treatment needs to be done.

  • Palatal Expander

    A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

  • Panoramic X-Ray

    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.

  • Removable Retainer (Essix)

    A clear shell appliance that is worn to retain the corrected position of your teeth after active orthodontic treatment. At first, you wear the retainer 24 hours a day, and then only at night.

  • Retention

    The holding of teeth which have been moved into their ideal esthetic and functional positions.

  • Rubber Bands

    Elastics or rubber bands for braces help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of misalignments of the teeth.

  • Separators

    Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators create a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar.

  • Surgery

    Orthognathic surgery is surgery performed on the bones of the jaws to change their positions. It may be considered for functional, cosmetic, or health reasons. It is surgery commonly performed on the jaws in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, which straightens the teeth.

  • Wax

    Wax is sometimes used to reduce irritation of your lips and/or cheeks after the initial placement of braces.