Ortho Glossary

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Braces & Appliances

Thanks to our in-house lab, we are able to create custom braces and appliances with a short turnaround time and in some cases, even on the same day while you wait!

Metal Braces

Made of stainless steel, these are the most comfortable and affordable form of braces.

Clear Braces

Made of ceramic material, these are less visible and may appeal to those concerned with the appearance of braces. However, while less visible, ceramic braces are more brittle and require more oral hygiene maintenance.

Clear Aligners

These appliances are nearly invisible and removable. Thanks to 3D imaging, we are able to tailor clear aligners to each individual tooth. To move teeth, a series of different aligners will be required over time.

Palatal Expanders

Expanders are used to widen your upper and lower jaws


Retainers are used after braces have been removed in order to keep your teeth in alignment as your mouth adjusts to the new positioning of your smile. Our office offers both traditional metal retainers, which are attached to an acrylic arch that sits on the roof of the mouth, and aligner-style retainers, which are clear and offer a more aesthetic alternative.


This state-of-the-art fixed and flossable retainer is glued to the back of your teeth with dental adhesive and uses attractive forces to allow the teeth to function naturally while maintaining their treated position. MagneTainers are patented devices from our very own doctors and are only available through our offices.

Other Treatments

Surgical Treatments

For more severe jaw irregularities, surgery may be required. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery.

Soft Tissue Laser

Laser treatment is done in our office using local anesthetic, and you can return to work or school the same day. This type of treatment can help bring in teeth that are struggling to erupt, remove excess tissue, recontour your gumline, and reshape space between your front two teeth.

Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

TADs are temporary implants that are sometimes put in while wearing braces to provide a secure base as your teeth are moved over time. These implants are removed prior to the removal of your braces.


I-CAT 3D Imaging

This technology allows us to see the exact positions of your teeth and the relationship of anatomy so we can map the most effective, least invasive treatment plan for you.

Sirona Intraoral Scanner

Say “goodbye” to sticky and uncomfortable impressions. This device allows us to capture impressions in a quick, painless, mess-free manner.