Basic Braces Parts & How They Work...
Learning the LINGO....Orthodontic Terms You May Hear During Appointments
U/L, UR, UL, LR ,LL
Retie Eruption Assembly
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WHAT IT MEANS
Making an Adjustment. This means we are tightening your wires and giving you new colored bands (you get to pick if your brushing / flossing is good!)
We are putting the brackets and bands on your teeth, " a.k.a." you are getting your braces!
Repositioning a bracket into a new spot - your teeth have moved and we need to move a bracket into a new spot.
Upper and Lower / Upper Right / Upper Left/Lower Right/Lower Left
This is a spring that either makes space in your mouth or holds a space open.
When you have a tooth that needs pulled down (for example, a baby tooth that hasn't come in all the way), we use special wires to pull the tooth into place.
The orthodontist is bending the wires on your braces to make your teeth move where he wants them to.
Upper Arch Wire
Lower Arch Wire
Links to close spaces between teeth or even rotate a tooth that has turned around
Different ways to wear of elastics (bands)
Different kinds of wires - some are thicker, some are thinner, stronger or shaped differently
Super tight links used to close a large space
Spacers - these make space between molars so that your bands can fit around them and help hold the wires/brackets in place.
It's that goopy stuff we put into a tray and have you bite down on it. Once dry, it makes a model of your teeth.
The orthodontic appliance that helps "train" your teeth to stay in their new spots once your braces come off.
Different kinds of hardware that help get your mouth ready for braces or correct oral issues you may be having.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
RPE = Rapid Palatal Expander (widens the roof of your mouth)
Bluegrass - Thumbsucking Habit Reminder
Invisable Retainer - made of clear plastic
Hawley Retainer - made of colored plastic