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Parts of Braces
These are attached with your teeth by the orthodontist. An appliance makes your teeth move and shapes your jaw for a better smile.
It is a metal wire that is used to guide to your teeth, making them move into position for an effective smile. Arch wires are changes throughout a treatment while the teeth move into their positions.
These are an effective way of attaching brackets to your teeth. A Band is actually a rig made out of metal and it is secured to your tooth with cement.
It is a seal formed by orthodontic cement. Its function is to hold your appliances in place.
Used to hold your archwire in place. A bracket can be ceramic or metallic and it is bonded to your teeth with orthodontic cement.
Used to open up space between the teeth, the coil spring is fitted between the brackets and over the archwire.
Elastic (Rubber) Band:
If you are wearing and appliance such as braces etc. your orthodontist will use a thin small rubber band to connect different parts of the braces. Its function is to pressure your teeth to move into their new positions.
Available in a variety of colors. Elastic ties are actually tiny rubber bands that are fitted onto the bracket to keep the archwire firmly in place.
This is an orthodontist’s apparatus used to get teeth and jaws into a good position for a great smile. There are two major parts of a headgear:
- A facebow, an external wire apparatus that gently guides the growth of your jaws.
- A spring loaded neck strap or head strap that applies force on to the facebow. The strap also has built in safety mechanism that disassociates if the facebow is forcefully pulled.
The inner bow of your headgear goes in to the headgear tube, which is a circular, hollow accessory on the back bands.
This is where the elastics are attached. It is a welded but removable arm on your appliance.
It is a thin wire that is connected to the archwire on the bracket.
It is an archwire connected to a sculpted piece of plastic. Its function is to hold back the molar teeth on the lower jaw so more space can be created for your other teeth.
A device to worn on your teeth to protect them from harm when you are playing sports or partaking in other demanding activities.
A contraption used to make the upper jaw wider.
This is an orthodontic appliance that you will be wearing once the braces are taken off. Your orthodontist will prescribe removable or bonded retainers on case basis.
Separator or Spacer:
A tiny ring made of rubber. It is used to create spaces for bands to be attached between your teeth.
This is a fine wire that installed around the bracket and serves to hold the archwire in place.
An ointment that helps subside any irritation caused by the braces on to your lips..
An orthodontic procedure that fits and cements bands to your teeth.
The process of adhering brackets to your teeth with a special orthodontic cement.
An X-Ray of the complete side profile of your head that discloses the positions of the jaws and face. It is completely painless and helps orthodontists plan the course of your treatment.
An appointment with your orthodontist to talk about your particular plan of treatment.
The process wherein your orthodontist removes the orthodontic bands off the teeth.
The practice of taking off orthodontic brackets that were previously cemented to your teeth.
They are a model or mold of your mouth. Your orthodontist will ask you to bite into a soft material. Once taken out of your mouth, this soft material will harden and create a permanent impression of your teeth. These impressions are used by your orthodontist to create a personalized treatment plan and to get you that great smile.
This is your alternative if you don’t want traditional braces if your teeth do not require intensive treatments. Invisalign helps straightens teeth with a series of invisible i.e. clear, custom-molded aligners. It may not be able to treat all orthodontic issues; therefore, your orthodontist will suggest Invisalign at their discretion.
This is the process whereby your orthodontist attaches the archwire to your brackets.
This X-ray rotates around the head, taking pictures of all the teeth, oral structures and other areas of the face and presenting them in one view.