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To help you learn more about braces, our team at McCord Orthodontics is thrilled to provide the definitions to the following orthodontic terms:

Band – A band is a metal ring that fits snug around your back molars. Orthodontists use these bands to provide further support for the back teeth and to support headgear and bite correctors if needed. A band can also prevent the back molars from breaking, which is very helpful considering how often the back molars are used.

Bracket – A bracket is a small metal square that is glued to the front surface of your teeth. It holds the wire in place and it applies pressure to your tooth to shift and move it into the proper position. The bracket is the part of the braces that you can decorate with different colors of elastics.

Retainer – A retainer is an appliance that holds your teeth in place after your braces have moved them. The appliance can be either permanent or removable. Another way you can use a retainer is to make small adjustments to the smile.

Adjustment – An adjustment is an appointment that is necessary in your orthodontic journey. During this appointment, your orthodontist will tighten and adjust the wires of your appliance to add pressure to your teeth. This will make your teeth continue to move. You will most likely be sore a few days after the appointment, but that is completely normal.

Orthodontist – An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in orthodontics. Being a specialized doctor requires 2-3 additional years of schooling and training. Once they have completed the training, they become a certified orthodontist.

Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy and our friendly orthodontic team understand that the terminology for braces can leave you dazed and confused, which is why we have provided this information. If you have additional questions about braces or orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to call 208.529.8333 today and talk to a member of our team. We are here to assist you in any way possible!