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5 Technical Terms To Help You Follow What Your Orthodontist Is Talking About

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5 Technical Terms To Help You Follow What Your Orthodontist Is Talking About

No one likes to be the odd one out of a conversation. That’s especially true when the topic is about you. But that tends to be the case in many orthodontist offices. We understand the frustration you feel when your orthodontist speaks to his or her assistants, using terminology that floats right over your head. And the worst part about it is that they always say it in a monotone voice so as to disguise whether what they’re saying is good news or bad news. This is by design. We’re here to give you the inside scoop, so that in your next orthodontist Paramus appointment, you’ll be able to follow along closely without ever having to ask. Here are 5 orthodontist terms you probably didn’t know.


This is the wire in your braces that your orthodontist has to tighten each month in order to straighten your teeth. This, in a nutshell, is the bane of the existence of every patient with braces for the duration that they have the braces, but also ultimately is the foundation for a brighter and more attractive smile.

Bonding / Brackets / Debonding

Bonding is the process of gluing the brackets of your braces to your teeth. The brackets are those metal squares that they put at the center of each of your teeth. They are the support mechanism that allows the archwire to do its work, since the orthodontists push the archwire through the holes in the brackets. The archwire is able to tighten and straighten the teeth by pulling on the brackets that they’ve attached to the patient’s teeth. Then, when the job is finally complete, which can take anywhere between a matter months to several years, they’ll remove the archwire and the brackets. We call this process debonding.


This is a spring like mechanism that orthodontists attach to the braces to correct any irregularities with the patient’s jaw line. It serves a similar purpose to headgear, but has two fundamental differences. It’s not secret that headgear is not the most attractive or comfortable contraption one can give to a child. However, in most cases, patients only have to wear it at night when they’re not near their friends. A forsus on the other hand is less visible than headgear but still noticeable. But because the orthodontist must attach it to the braces, the patient is not able to remove it during the day.

For more info on key dentist and orthodontist terminology, check back for next month’s article. To set up an appointment for top quality pediatric orthodontist Paramus services, call the Pediatric Dental Associates at (201) 652-7020.

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