Decoding Orthodontic “Dental Speak”

DecodingOrthodonticDentalSpeakYou might mention “crooked teeth” to a friend, or know someone who “grinds their teeth” and wakes up with an “aching jaw.” Dentists and orthodontists (who have additional study, practice and training in the alignment of teeth) have a sometimes-sophisticated vocabulary that allows them to accurately discuss their specialty. If you are ever unsure of a condition, treatment, or explanation, we will be glad to take the time to explain it to you. We strive to anticipate your orthodontic questions, and we are happy to help you decode orthodontic terms. Please ask if you are even unsure of a term we use.


Grinding or clenching the teeth. Occasional bruxism may not need any treatment, but if the habit is constant or severe it can cause tooth wear, headaches, sleep problems, TMJ issues and other problems.

Cosmetic Orthodontics:

Orthodontic services that may not be vital for comfortable eating, or your immediate physical health, but can have a positive effect on your appearance, confidence and overall outlook on life.


Malocclusion means the teeth do not line up properly.  This could be an underbite, an overbite, uneven spacing , crowding or any of a number of other “poor bite” factors.  There are many treatments for malocclusion, from traditional braces to brackets to Invisalign, which gently moves the teeth using a series of custom filled aligners.

TMJ and TMJ Disorder:

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the hinges that connect the skull and jaw. The combination of hinge and sliding motions during opening, closing, speaking, yawning and chewing make this a complicated area. TMJ disorders take many forms, and may involve discomfort in muscles of the jaw, displaced discs and inflammation in the TMJ area. There are a number of effective therapies in addressing TMJ issues.


Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.