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The Orthodontic Glossary: Words You Need to Know (Part One)

We know that choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment can be daunting. That’s why we take every care to ensure our patients are fully informed at every step of their teeth realignment journey.

One of the things that can be confusing about visiting the orthodontist is the collection of toothy jargon you’ll hear while you’re there! If you’re not sure you can tell your archwire from your cephalmotertic x-ray, we’re here to help.

Below we’ve put together part one of our orthodontic glossary with all the words you’ll need to learn during your treatment.

Appliance: Any type of brace.

Archwire: The wire that attaches the brackets together to form your brace.

Band: Metal bands can be put round your back molars in order to attach other parts of the brace to.

Bonding: Attaching brackets to your teeth using a safe type of glue.

Bracket: Small metal or ceramic item that attaches to each tooth to hold the archwire in place.

Cephalmotetric X-Ray: A head x-ray that’s taken to see how your teeth are aligned.

Chain: A stretchy plastic chain that holds the archwire and brackets together.

Debonding: The removal of brackets from your teeth.

Elastics: Small rubber bands that are attached to fixed braces in order to gently guide the jaw into a better alignment.

Impressions: A mould orthodontists make of the teeth in order to create retainers. Impressions are made with a safe rubbery-like substance that the patient bites into.

Ligating module: A little donut-shaped piece of plastic that holds the archwire into the brackets.

If you’ve heard something during an appointment that’s confused you, let us know on Twitter and we’ll be sure to include it in the next part of our Orthodontic Glossary.