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Succasunna, NJ Orthodontist

Succasunna Office
66 Towne Centre, Suite 303
Roxbury Medical Building
Succasunna, NJ 07876
(973) 584-4900

Hackettstown, NJ Orthodontist

Hackettstown
111 Mountain Court
Building A - Suite 1
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-6620

Dr. Kenneth Murphy | Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dr. Kenneth Murphy
  • Clear Braces, Invisalign
  • Orthodontists, New Jersey
  • Succasunna and Hackettstown, NJ Orthodontists

    Glossary

    archwire
    A wire engaged in orthodontic attachments, affixed to the crowns of two or more teeth and capable of causing or guiding tooth movement.

    band (orthodontic)
    A thin metal ring, usually stainless steel, which serves to secure orthodontic attachments to a tooth. The band, with orthodontic attachments welded or soldered to it, is closely adapted to fit the contours of the tooth and then cemented into place.

    bracket
    An orthodontic attachment that is secured to a tooth (either by bonding or banding) for the purpose of engaging an archwire. Brackets can be fabricated from metal, ceramic or plastic.

    ceramic brackets
    Crystalline, alumina, tooth-shade or clear synthetic sapphire brackets that are aesthetically more attractive than conventional metal attachments.

    crowding
    Dental malalignment caused by inadequate space for the teeth.

    debanding
    The removal of cemented orthodontic bands.

    debonding
    The removal of the brackets and the adhesive with which they were attached from your teeth

    elastics (rubber bands)
    Used to move teeth in prescribed directions. If needed, instructions will be given as to how to wear them and how often. This is where the patient’s involvement is extremely important, as it is up to him or her to take them on and off.

    gingiva
    The tissue that surrounds the teeth, consisting of a fibrous tissue that is continuous with the periodontal ligament and mucosal covering.

    headgear
    Generic term for extraoral traction (attached around the back side of the head) for growth modification, tooth movement and anchorage. Very infrequently used in this office.

    imaging
    The process of acquiring representations of structures in either two or three dimensions.

    lingual
    Of or pertaining to the tongue. A term used to describe surfaces and directions toward the tongue.

    lingual appliances
    Orthodontic appliances fixed to the lingual surface of the teeth.

    maxillary
    Of or pertaining to the upper jaw. May be used to describe teeth, dental restorations, orthodontic appliances or facial structures.

    orthodontist
    A dental specialist who has completed an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the special area of orthodontics.

    orthognathic surgery
    Surgery to alter relationships of teeth and/or supporting bones, usually accomplished in conjunction with orthodontic therapy.

    overbite
    Vertical overlapping of upper teeth over lower teeth, usually measured perpendicular to the occlusal plane.

    radiograph
    A permanent image, performed digitally in our office, produced by ionizing radiation. Sometimes called an X-ray after the most common source of image-producing radiation.

    retainer
    Any orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, used to maintain the position of the teeth following corrective treatment.

    retention
    The passive treatment period following active orthodontic correction during which retaining appliances may be used.

    straight wire appliance
    A variation of the edgewise appliance in which brackets are angulated to minimize multiple archwire bends. Brackets and molar tubes have specific orientation in three planes of space .

    Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Kenneth Murphy, New Jersey

    66 Towne Centre, Suite 303 • Roxbury Medical Building • Succasunna, NJ 07876 • (973) 584-4900
    111 Mountain Court, Building A - Suite 1 • Hackettstown, NJ 07840 • (908) 852-6620
    Emergencies: 908-500-2007
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