orthodontics, orthodontia, orthodonture, dental orthopedics, dental orthopaedics(noun)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
A branch of dentistry specializing in the treatment of the teeth so as to make the teeth align properly within the mouth; it usually involves fitting a patient with braces and sometimes oral surgery.
A specialty of dentistry concerned with correcting misalignment of teeth.
Orthodontics, formerly orthodontia is the first specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions, which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. In the latter case it is better defined as "dentofacial orthopaedics". Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons with regards to improving the general appearance of patients' teeth. However, there are orthodontists who work on reconstructing the entire face rather than focusing exclusively on teeth.
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A dental specialty concerned with the prevention and correction of dental and oral anomalies (malocclusion).
The numerical value of orthodontics in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of orthodontics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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People used to think they had to live with what they wore born with, then orthodontics came along and introduced a new mindset.
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