Ortho Dictionary

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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, going completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach brackets 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.
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.
Elastic "O" Tie:
The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
Headgear Tube:
A round, hollow attachment on your back bands. The inner bow of your headgear fits into it.
Hook:
Attachment arm that elastics can be attached to.
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.
Tie Wire:
A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.
Wax:
Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.

Orthodontic Procedures

Banding:
The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
Bonding:
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.
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 cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.
Impressions:
A model of your mouth made 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.
Invisalign®:
An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear custom-molded aligners. Invisalign can correct some, but not all, orthodontic problems.
Ligation:
The process of attaching "O" ties/elastic modules to the brackets on your teeth.
Panoramic X-ray:
An X-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of all your teeth.

Dr. Kevin Boyle and our team members are passionate about delivering care that will change your smile and life. Straightening your teeth improves your oral health; it also increases your self-esteem and your confidence. When you know you have an amazing smile, you’re more outgoing and comfortable in social situations; you smile and laugh openly, and you’re happier.

Ramapo Orthodontics combines the latest proven treatment options and technology, with our team’s experience. We understand that your orthodontic needs and concerns are as unique as you; that’s why we’ll review the care options with you, explaining how each works. We want you to be an engaged participant in your treatment, starting with deciding which treatment path is right for your lifestyle.

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