At Arizona Orthodontic Centers, we want to make sure that you receive excellent orthodontic care in Phoenix, Arizona. We understand that there may be some terminology that is unfamiliar to you. To help you better understand what sort of treatment you are receiving, we invite you to review the following glossary.

Appliance: something that is attached to your teeth and used to align your teeth or jaw

Bracket: the ceramic or metal part of braces that attaches to your teeth and fastens the wire in place

Band: a metal ring that is glued to one of your teeth; it is used to attach brackets

Elastic Tie: a small rubber band, often coming in a variety of colors, which holds the wire in place on a bracket.

Wax: rubbed along the brackets to prevent brackets from catching onto the inner part of your lips

If you have any questions about orthodontics, appliances, treatment options, or how you can take care of your smile while wearing braces, please feel free to contact our orthodontist, Dr. Jae Park, and our team at 623-877-8500 today. We are happy to provide you with the information you need.