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Orthodontic Procedures

  • Banding: the process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

  • Bonding: the process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special safe glue.

  • Cephalometric X-Rays: an x-ray of the head that shows whether your teeth are aligned properly, and whether your jaws are positioned in the correct spot.

  • Consultation: a meeting with your orthodontist where he/she discusses your bite and whether orthodontic treatment is recommended.

  • Debanding: the removal of cemented orthodontic bands.

  • Debonding: the removal of the brackets from your teeth.

  • Extraoral Photograph: facial photos.

  • Impressions: the first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with alginate, and the alginate hardens to produce a mold of your teeth.

  • Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment: orthodontic treatment usually done when you are 6-8. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to expand your palate and make other corrections, so that your later orthodontic treatment goes quicker. This is often called “Phase 1” treatment.

  • Ligation: a process where an archwire is attached to the brackets on your teeth.

  • Panoramic X-ray: an x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give the orthodontist a picture of your teeth and jaws.

  • Records Appointment: one of the initial appointments with your orthodontist. The orthodontist or his/her assistant takes pictures of you, x-rays, and impressions.

  • Retie Appointment: a process which occurs every 4-6 weeks when you have braces. At these visits the orthodontist either makes adjustments to the wires, or changes the wires.

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