FAQs

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida invites you to click on the links below, which will take you to YouTube and allow you to view our video FAQs.

CROSSBITE

Where one or more of the upper teeth bite either inside or outside the lower teeth.

 

 

OPEN BITE

Where the top and bottom jaw do not touch each other even when the mouth is closed, this can be in front or the back of the mouth.

 

SPACING

Gaps between the teeth.

 

OVER BITE

Where the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth.

 

UNDER BITE

Where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth.

 

PARTS OF BRACES

Braces are made up of such materials as bands, wires, and brackets and can also include springs, ties, hooks, and tubes.

 

SEPARATORS

Separators or spacers are tiny elastic or metal rings that are placed in between two teeth.

 

FORSUS Appliance

An orthodontic appliance used to encourage forward growth of the lower jaw to help correct an overbite.

 

HERBST Appliance

An orthodontic appliance used to encourage forward growth of the lower jaw while holding the top jaw in place to help correct an overbite.

 

MARA Appliance

An orthodontic appliance used to encourage forward growth of the lower jaw to help correct an overbite.

 

RPE Appliance

An orthodontic appliance used to expand your upper arch to help correct a cross-bite.

 

SPACE MAINTAINER

An orthodontic appliance that allows adult teeth to grow in while holding spaces as baby teeth fall out.

 

ELASTICS

Rubber bands used in conjunction with braces to help correct bites.

 

RETAINERS-HAWLEYS

A removable appliance used to retain the position of the teeth after the braces are removed.

 

WISDOM TEETH

Extraction of wisdom teeth is usually recommended to help reduce future crowding and prevent post-orthodontic treatment relapse.

 

BRUSHING TECHNIQUES

How to properly brush teeth while wearing braces.

 

BROKEN BRACKETS

How a bracket can become loose, and the effect it has on tooth movement.

 

WAX

How to correctly use dental wax to relieve areas of discomfort.

 

LOOSE BANDS

How a band can become loose, and the effect it has on tooth hygiene and movement.