Braces are strong, reliable, and successful appliances that can give you the smile of your dreams. However, they can also be a bit confusing and overwhelming. If you think this to be true, our Skyline Orthodontics team is happy to help you know a little more about braces by providing the definitions to the following terms:
Band – A band is a metal ring that wraps around your back molars. It is used to provide support to your back teeth and to keep them from breaking or cracking, considering how often the back teeth are used. The band can also be used if headgear or a bite corrector is involved in the orthodontic treatment.
Bracket – A bracket is a little metal square that is cemented onto the front surface of your tooth. Each tooth in your smile will have a bracket. These pieces hold the orthodontic wire in place and they apply the necessary pressure to your teeth to shift and change your smile. The bracket is also the piece that you can decorate with different types of colored elastics.
Retainer – A retainer is a helpful appliance that can be either permanent or removable. The permanent retainer is a thin wire that is glued to the back surfaces of your teeth. The removable retainer is a custom-made appliance that fits over your smile. You would generally wear this appliance at night. A retainer keeps your teeth in position after your braces have shifted them.
Adjustment – An adjustment is an appointment that keeps your treatment on the right track. During this appointment, your orthodontist will tighten the wires of your braces to apply pressure to the teeth. The teeth will then move into the desired places because of this pressure. Your smile will be sore for a few days after your appointment, but that is completely normal.
Orthodontist – An orthodontist is a dentist that has received 2-3 additional years of schooling and training specific to orthodontics. After completing the program, they are officially certified.
Dr. Laura Rothe and our team want you to have the best orthodontic experience possible, so if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please remember that you can always call 402.289.3232 and ask our friendly orthodontic team. We are here to help you whenever you need it!