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Bonding (brackets on)
Jaws wired together
Parts of your teeth
Names of teeth
Parts of your braces
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Maintainers and regainers
Class II activator
Other Wilson appliances
Removable ricketts retainer
Standard jasper jumper
Gentle jasper jumper
Hybrid twinblock expander
Anterior bite plate
Lingual space maintainer
Elastics and springs
Lingual fixed braces
Clear fixed braces
Gold fixed braces
Old style facemask
Removable MB appliance
Fixed habit crib
Removable habit crib
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- The teeth on either side of a missing tooth.
- A silver/mercury mixture which is used for fillings.
- 1)The arrangement of the bones in your skeleton
2) The study of the arrangement of the bones in your skeleton.
- A chemical agent which can be applied to living tissues to destroy germs.
- A drug which a doctor or dentist uses to put you, your mouth, or some
other part of your body asleep so you do not feel any pain during dental or
- An adjective used to describe things pertaining to your your Centrals,
laterals and cuspids (your front teeth).
- Collectively, either the teeth or the arch-shaped bone of either
- A special holder for models of your teeth. The articulator holds the
models in the same alignment as your jaw so the orthodontist can look
carefully at your bite. See a picture of one here.
- A tube like a straw which the dentist puts in your mouth to suck up all
- Removal of fluids from your mouth with an aspirator.
- Clenching or grinding of your teeth especially at night.
- A hard deposit that forms when you do not brush your teeth so the plaque
hardens. Calculus is also known as tartar.
- Another name for a cavities (tooth decay)
- A small hole in one of your teeth caused by tooth decay.
- Cross contamination
- Passing bacteria or viruses indirectly from one patient to
another through the use of improper sterilization procedures, unclean instruments, or "recycling" of orthodontic products.
- 1) An artifacial tooth, 2) an artificial replacement for the covering on a
- The loss of calcium from your teeth. This weakens your teeth and makes
them more succeptable to decay
- A synthetic replacment for all of your teeth in either your upper or your
- Behind towards the back of the mouth. For example you might say that the
first bicuspid is distal to the cuspid.
- Someone is said to be edentulous when all of their teeth are missing from
either their upper or lower jaw.
- A dentist who specializes in root canals and the treatment of diseases or
injuries that affect the root tips or nerves in your teeth.
- Erupt, Eruption
- When a new tooth comes in, the tooth is said to erupt when the tooth
breaks through the surface of your gums, so you can see the tooth in your
- to fall out. (Your Deciduous teeth exfoliate and permanent teeth erupt
into the space.)
- Outside of your mouth. For example, neck pads are said to be extra
products since they go outside of your mouth.
- A chemical solution or gel which you put on your teeth. The flouride
hardens your teeth and prevents tooth decay.
- The inflammation of your gums caused by improper brushing. The first sign
of periodontal (gum) disease.
- Impacted tooth
- An unerupted tooth that somehow has gotten stuck and cannot come in.
- A replacement for one of your missing teeth. The implant is different than
a bridge in that the implant is permenantly attached into your jaw.
- The biting edge of your centrals and laterals.
- the space between adjacent teeth
- Inside your mouth. For example, orthodontic rubber bands are called
intraoral products since the rubber bands are designed to go in your mouth.
- the technique of using a solution to wash out your mouth and to flush
- The tooth surface next to your lips or things mounted on the tooth
surfaces next to your lips.
- The tooth surface next to your tongue or things mounted on the tooth
surfaces next to your tongue.
- Your lower jaw
- Pertaining to your lower jaw
- To chew your food and mix the food with saliva
- Your upper jaw
- Pertaining to your upper jaw
- Forward or front. For example your cuspid is mesial to you bicuspid. The
mesial surface of your bicuspid is the part of the bicuspid closest to your
- A plane through the very center of your mouth perpendicular to your nose.
- Mixed dentition
- The situation when both deciduous and permanent teeth are present.
- the chewing or grinding surface of the bicuspid and molar teeth.
- Occlusal plane
- the imaginary surface on which upper and lower teeth meet.
- pertaining to the mouth.
- A dentist who specializes in the treatment of children's teeth.
- x-ray of individual teeth or groups of teeth.
- is a colorless, odorless, sticky substance containing acids and bacteria
that causes tooth decay.
- Pertaining to your gums. For example periodontal desiese is gum disease.
- A dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.
- An adjective used to describe things pertaining to the back of your mouth
or your back teeth.
- Cleaning your teeth
- A dentist who specializes in the replacement of missing teeth.
- Refers to the surfaces of teeth that touch the next tooth; the space
between adjacent teeth is the interproximal space.
- Another name for an x-ray
- Root canal
- A procedure where the nerve of a heavily decayed tooth is removed from the
tooth replaced with a filling material
- Sagittal plane
- The longitudinal vertical plane that divides the mouth into two halves
(left and right.)
- Space maintainer
- A gadget used to maintain a space in your mouth. You would use a space
maintainer when you lose one of your baby teeth. The space maintainer will
keep a space in your mouth until a permenant tooth comes in to fill the space.
- Supernumerary teeth
- Some people have extra teeth. These are called "supernumerary teeth".
- Another name for calculus
- An abreviation for the "temporomandibular joint" The "temporomandibular
joint" is the joint where your lower jaw connects to your skull.
- Treatment card
- a sheet of paper or special index card used to record your treatment