A tooth that does not erupt into the mouth or only erupts partially is considered impacted. It may be prevented from erupting by another tooth’s position or inadequate spacing or room in the jaw.


An artificial replacement for a missing tooth/teeth. The process involves placing a metal post in the jawbone. A crown is placed on the implant so that the patient is able to bite, chew and speak. Implants can be used to anchor a single tooth or multiple teeth. An orthodontist can create space or hold space open in the mouths of patients who may need implants to achieve good dental function. Dental implants cannot be moved by conventional orthodontic forces.

Interceptive Treatment

A type of orthodontic treatment that is performed in order to prevent or correct a developing problem. In most cases, this procedure is performed on patients who are younger and have a mixture of primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth. It is also known as a Preventive treatment or Phase I treatment. As a result of interceptive orthodontics, the second phase of orthodontic treatment usually takes less time.

Intraoral Photographs

Photographs taken of the inside of the mouth, usually showing the biting surfaces of the teeth and sides of the mouth while biting down.

Interproximal Brush

A tiny brush used to reach between teeth, and between teeth and braces, to remove plaque and food debris.

Interproximal Reduction

Enamel is removed from between the teeth in order to reduce their width. This procedure is also known as reproximation, slenderizing, stripping, polishing, enamel reduction, or selective reduction.