Actual Sayre Orthodontics Patients

Orthodontic Dictionary

 

Parts of Braces

Appliance
Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
Archwire
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.
Band
A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth that goes completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach appliances to your teeth.
Bond
The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.
Bracket
A metal or ceramic part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.
Coil Spring
A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.
Elastics (Rubberbands)
A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to a new position.
Elastic Tie (O-Ring)
The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
Hook
An arm that is attached to your bracket or archwire to which elastics are attached.
Ligature Tie
A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.
Lip Bumper
A lip bumper is an archwire attached to a molded piece of plastic. The lip bumper holds back the molars on your lower jaw to provide more space for your other teeth.
Mouthguard
A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.
Palatal Expander
A device that makes your upper jaw wider.
Retainer
An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, the retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue side of several teeth.
Separator or Spacer
A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.
Wax
Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.

 

Orthodontic Procedures

3-D Scan
A digital model of your mouth is made by scanning your teeth with a 3-D intraoral scanner. Your orthodontist will use these scans/models to prepare your treatment plan and make appliances from.
Aligners
An alternative treatment to traditional braces, aligners straighten your teeth with a series of clear, custom-molded aligners. Aligners can correct some, but not all, orthodontic issues.
Banding
The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
Bonding
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic glue.
Cephalometric X-ray
An X-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.
Consultation
A meeting with your orthodontist to discuss a treatment plan.
Debonding
The process of removing orthodontic brackets from your teeth.
Wire Placement
The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.
Panoramic X-ray
An X-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and other facial areas.