Definitions for orthodonticsˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•tho•don•tics*ˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks(n.)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.
* (used with a sing. v.).
Origin of orthodontics:
orthodontics, orthodontia, orthodonture, dental orthopedics, dental orthopaedics(noun)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth
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.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A dental specialty concerned with the prevention and correction of dental and oral anomalies (malocclusion).
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