Adjustment

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

Banding

The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Bonding

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

Consultation

A consultation with your treatment coordinator and your orthodontist where they discuss your treatment plan.

Debonding

The removal of cemented orthodontic brackets.

Impressions

The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with a rubber type material, and that material hardens to produce a mold of your teeth.

Interceptive Treatment

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 small plastic donut or a stainless steel thread (called a “lig-tie”) that hold the archwires into the brackets on your teeth.

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.

Records

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

Check Bite

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