Orthodontic Terminology Explained

clinical assistant holding orthodontic retainers

We understand that the general public may not understand orthodontic terminology. So, we’ve explained our most used orthodontic terms for you!


In certain orthodontic cases, dental extractions are necessary. The purpose is to reduce crowded teeth and establish a stable bite. These extractions happen before or during orthodontic treatment. Not all cases will require extractions – in fact, it is usually NOT necessary.


Orthodontic elastics, or rubber bands, are small stretchy loops of latex. They help move teeth into proper alignment during orthodontic treatment. Not wearing your elastics, makes your treatment last longer than necessary.


Also known as an elastic tie, a cheerio is a tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket. This holds the archwire in place. They come in clear or a variety of fun colors.


This appointment is necessary for taking your braces off or removing attachments. We also deliver retainers and take final records (photos and x-ray).


An orthodontic aligner is a clear plastic tray that sits over your teeth. We use aligners for tooth and bite movement in clear aligner treatments. Aligners are custom-made plastic trays made with a 3D scanner to fit your teeth. Additionally, each aligner moves the teeth step by step towards the final position.


These are little, tooth-colored dots made of composite filling material. We bond attachments to teeth to help the aligners move the teeth. We also polish off attachments at the end of your treatment.

iTero Intraoral Scanner

This is a touch-enabled 3D scanner that gives a more accurate view of your mouth, gums, teeth, and all other oral structures. The best part about using this device is that it makes it easier to create digital impressions. Digital impressions create aligners, appliances, and retainers for orthodontic procedures.


This is the most important phase of orthodontic treatment! Retainers must be worn to keep teeth in the corrected positions after treatment with orthodontic braces or aligners. Without retention, there is always a tendency for teeth to return to their initial position (relapse).


A clear plastic tray is like an aligner in looks but is made of a completely different material. First of all, this tray keeps your teeth from moving after they’ve been straightened with braces. Secondly, we design retainers using the 3D scanner for a perfect custom fit. Our goal is to maintain your beautiful smile!

We hope this orthodontic terminology explained benefits the understanding of your treatment! Of course, if you ever have any concerns about your treatment, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our Katy, Texas team is happy to answer any questions you have.

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Our front desk 'receptionists' are more than just receptionists though. The longer you get to know us, the more you'll realize that these ladies handle much more than simply managing our schedule.

Much of the behind-the-scenes work happens right here, in between checking you in and out of your orthodontic appointment.

Should you ever have any questions about scheduling or your appointment, feel free to ask us at the front desk! If we don't know the answer to your question, we'll know who to ask. 😄

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We want to hear about your summer! Reminisce with us for a chance to win $30❗

1. Like this post
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3. Share your favorite summer memory in the comments

💥 Bonus entry if you share to your story & tag us!
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The giveaway ends Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 11:59pm.
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HEY KCC FAM! Enjoy your last weekend of summer break!! 🦩 ...

(unless of course you already started back at school, then enjoy one more weekend before school fully kicks off. 😉)

We'll see y'all next week!

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YOU are doing a great job!! In case you needed the reminder today, here it is. You're doing great! You've accomplished more than you think and you should be proud of YOU!

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🔹Where we are an on-time office.
🔹We value a relationship with you.
🔹Dr. G treats every case individually.
🔹& we have lots of FUN!

We look forward to seeing you soon. 💙 If you already know the KCC fam, share with us in the comments your favorite thing about KCC!

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✨p.s. don’t forget to ask about our referral program next time you’re in!

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"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." - Phyllis Diller

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