The process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special, safe tooth adhesive.
An x-ray of the head that shows the lateral relationship of your teeth and jaws to each other and to the rest of your facial structures.
A meeting with your orthodontist and our staff. We generally take photos and any necessary x-rays to allow for a thorough diagnosis. Your Health History will be reviewed prior to a detailed examination. If orthodontics is recommended, treatment will be discussed and a written estimate will be given.
The removal of cemented/bonded orthodontic bands/brackets.
Facial photos taken by Dr. Koen or her staff.
The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a tray filled with a soft rubbery material. That material hardens to a stiff, rubbery consistency producing a mold of your teeth.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is an alternative to a single-phase treatment with full braces, which normally occurs once the eruption of all permanent teeth has occurred. Although interceptive orthodontic treatment does not eliminate the need for full braces during adolescence, its advantages include the following:
A process where an archwire is tied with steel or elastic ties to the brackets on your teeth.
An x-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give your orthodontist a picture of your teeth, jaws, and other areas of importance to your treatment.
A procedure to measure how well your teeth come together. You bite into a softened sheet of wax and leave bite marks in the wax. This helps your orthodontist relate the upper and lower models of your teeth together to match your bite.