Orthodontics Procedures

Guide to Orthodontics Procedures Involved in the Treatment Process

Banding:

The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Bonding:

The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.

Cephalometric X-ray:

An X-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.

Consultation:

A meeting with your orthodontist to discuss a treatment plant.

Debanding:

The process of removing bonded orthodontic bands from your teeth.

Debonding:

The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.

Impressions:

The process of making a model of your teeth by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.

Clear Aligners:

An alternative to traditional braces, a clear aligner straightens your teeth with a series of clear custom-molded aligners. Clear aligners can correct some, but not all, orthodontic problems.

Ligation:

The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.

Panoramic X-ray:

An X-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and other facial areas.