Glossary of Orthodontic Procedures Consultation Consultation A meeting with your Orthodontist and treatment coordinator to discuss your treatment plan. Cephalometric X-ray Cephalometric X-ray Radiographs of the head that show the alignment of the jaws and the teeth to determine whether they are growing in harmony. Panoramic X-rays Panoramic X-rays A radiograph taken by a machine that rotates around your head, providing a picture of your jaws and teeth to determine the stage in development and ectopic positioning. Orthodontic Photographs Orthodontic Photographs Orthodontic photographs include extra-oral photos, which are photos of the face and profile, as well as intra-oral photos that are photos of the different positions of the teeth. Impressions Impressions An impression tray is filled with an alginate material and gently placed in your mouth to produce a mold of your teeth. Banding Banding A metal ring is placed on your teeth to hold onto part of your braces. Bonding Bonding The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special, safe adhesive. Orthodontic Adjustment Orthodontic Adjustment An evaluation of your progress where your wires or elastics may be changed to keep your treatment on track and moving forward. Debanding Debanding An exciting day! The day your braces are removed and you can show off your beautiful smile.