The Sato Technique isn’t quite the correct term for the version of the MEAW Technique propagated by S. Sato from Japan. This Multiloop Edgewise Archwire Technique (in full string) was originally ...

Scissor Bite

This refers to molars which do not fit together properly, i.e. the chewing surfaces of opposing teeth do not actually touch at all. See nonocclusion.


Pharmacological intervention for patients undergoing surgery

Segmented Arch Technique

This term refers to any kind of orthodontic treatment technique that uses fixed braces that have several wire segments instead of a single wire that encompasses all the teeth at once. This ...

Self-ligating brackets

Brackets with a special spring clip mechanism with which the archwire is held in the bracket. In common brackets the wires are merged by additional rubber or metal ligatures. It’s advantageous ...


The medical term for lisp/lisping

Single Brace

First introduced by Charles Nord in 1929 and later improved by A.M. Schwarz, this is a removable brace for just one jaw. It consists of a plastic body, wire fasteners and active components such as ...

Space deficiency

A disharmony between the dental substance and the space in the jaw bone. It leads to dental crowding.

SPEED Bracket

This is a self-ligating bracket (part of the fixed brace) made by the Strite company in Canada. It is the oldest of all the self-ligating brackets on the market today and has been continuously ...


Splint: a commonly used and misleading term for transparent, plastic, removable braces, covering the whole dental arch. There’re active splints for tooth movement, called aligners, (see there), ...

Standard Edgewise Technique

An obsolete technique for multibracket appliances which didn’t offer a proper adaption of the brackets to the different shapes of teeth. In consequence, orthodontists had to compensate this ...

Straight Wire Technique

The Straight Wire Technique was a term for multibracket appliances with programmed brackets. The basic idea to forgo bending of the archwires because of the programmed brackets turned out to be ...


Below the margin of the gums, in the gingival pocket


Something being located under the tongue.


The SUS is a fixed brace used for the treatment of overbite in the lower jaw. The letters SUS actually stand for’ Sabbagh Universal Spring’ as the device is named after its inventor A. Sabbagh. ...