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Dr. Ora R. Canter DDS: Orthodontist in Astoria On Steinway Street.

Part of Braces

Archwire – The metal wire that connects your brackets together and helps to guide teeth into a new position.
Band – The metal ring that is cemented around the tooth and allows a way for brackets to attach to the teeth.
Bracket – The metal or ceramic part of the braces that is bonded to the tooth and holds the archwire in place.
Coil Spring – The spring placed over the archwire and between the brackets in order to open spaces between teeth.
Elastic (rubber band) – The rubber band that you hook over certain areas of the braces in order to improve tooth movement.
Elastic Tie – The rubber band fitted over the brackets in order to keep the archwire in place.
Headgear – An external wire apparatus system used to guide jaw growth in children.
Ligature – The thin wire that helps to keep the archwire in the bracket.
Lip Bumper – An archwire attached to a molded section of plastic that keeps the molars back in order to provide more space for your other teeth.
Palatal Expander – An appliance used to widen the upper jaw.
Retainer – An orthodontic appliance used after a straightening treatment in order to keep your teeth in their new position.
Separator or Spacer – A small rubber ring that creates spaces between teeth.
Tie Wire – A thin wire twisted around the bracket in order to keep the archwire in place.

Orthodontic Procedures

Banding – The process of fitting and cementing the orthodontic bands to your teeth.
Bonding – The process of bonding brackets to your teeth using orthodontic cement.
Cephalometric X-Ray – An X-ray that shows the relative positions and growth of your face, jaw, and teeth.
Debanding – The process of removing orthodontic bands from your teeth.
Debonding – The process of removing orthodontic brackets from your teeth.
Impressions – A mold of your mouth which we use to create your braces and plan your straightening treatment.
Ligation – The process of attaching an archwire onto your teeth.

Our award winning orthodontics team will provide you with the care you need for that everlasting smile you desire all at an affordable price. We are located on Steinway Street in Astoria , NY  and service patients in the the nearby areas of Queens, including Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Ditmars Steinway and Middle Village as well as the 11106,11105,11104, 11102 & 11101 zip codes.

Ora Rosenfeld Canter, D.D.S