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

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We know that deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment can be daunting. Because of this, we do everything we can to make the experience as relaxing as possible.

One of the things that can make a visit to the orthodontist confusing is the myriad of confusing jargon that tends to crop up during appointments. Never fear, we’ve put together an orthodontic glossary to help you swot up on the words you’ll need to know!

View part one of our glossary here, or jump straight into part two below.

Limited orthodontic treatment Treatment is ‘limited’ when it is focused on just one part of the mouth rather than all of it. This is sometimes done in order to defer or avoid a more comprehensive treatment.

Malocclusion An incorrect alignment between the upper and lower teeth arches.

Mandible The lower jaw.

Mastication The chewing of food.

Migration When teeth move spontaneously within the mouth.

Mouthguard A removable plastic retainer worn specifically to protect teeth when playing contact sports such as rugby.

Nightguard A removable plastic retainer worn during the night to prevent dental damage due to grinding or clenching.

Overbite A type of malocclusion where the upper teeth stick out over the lower ones.

Palate The roof of the mouth. This is made up of bone and soft tissue.

Palatal expander An orthodontic appliance used to widen the upper jaw or palate.

Panoramic x-ray An x-ray image taken with a rotating camera to give a full panoramic view of your mouth.

Phased treatment Treatment sometimes needs to take place in two phases. This is generally necessary for younger patients who may not have all of their adult teeth before they need to start treatment.

Preventive orthodontic treatment Early intervention for younger orthodontic patients in order to encourage adult teeth to erupt in a favourable position.

Protrusion When teeth are in an anterior position.

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