I just found another great blog about braces, by an orthodontic office manager who has “seen it all.”
Amazing Braces!: Braces for Dummies
This entry shows some terrific photos with almost every possible bit of hardware and rubber that can go in your child’s mouth (or yours). A picture is worth a thousand words, so you might want to bookmark this entry. What a super way to learn the names so you can better communicate with your child and orthodontic staff.
Check out this post and all the others at her Amazing Braces site (for example, there are easy diagrams explaining the basics of what it means to have a Class I, II, or III bite). I wish I’d had this for my three teens when they were in braces (or when I did myself two years ago)!