Common Ortho Procedures
Here we present useful information about some of the most common orthodontic procedures, as well as a short description of each. Click on any of the following headings to jump directly to that section.
An evaluation of your progress, during which wires may be changed in order to keep your treatment on track and moving forward.
A meeting with your treatment coordinator and your orthodontist where they discuss your treatment plan.
The first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a container filled with a rubber-type material. That material hardens to produce a mold of your teeth.
This orthodontic treatment is usually done between the ages of 7 and 10. The objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to provide orthopedic intervention, so that later orthodontic treatment goes more quickly and is less painful.
An X-ray taken by a machine that rotates around your head to give your orthodontist a picture of your teeth and jaws and other important information.
Pictures taken upon the completion of treatment show the amazing changes that the orthodontics has achieved in both growth and development of the teeth and jaws and aesthetics of the smile. The orthodontist uses the pictures throughout treatment to monitor changes.
These records, which include cephalometric and panoramic X-rays, digital photos and study models, help your orthodontist determine what treatment needs to be done.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and esthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
A wax bite procedure measures how well your teeth come together. You bite a sheet of wax and leave bite marks in the wax. This helps the orthodontist relate the upper and lower models of your teeth together.