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orthodontics

 [or″tho-don´tiks]
the branch of dentistry concerned with growth and development of orofacial structures, including irregularities of teeth, malocclusion, and associated facial problems.

or·tho·don·tics

(ōr'thō-don'tiks),
That branch of dentistry concerned with the correction and prevention of irregularities and malocclusion of the teeth.
[ortho- + G. odous, tooth]

orthodontics

/or·tho·don·tics/ (-don´tiks) the branch of dentistry concerned with irregularities of teeth and malocclusion, and associated facial abnormalities.orthodon´tic

orthodontics

(ôr′thə-dŏn′tĭks)
n.
(used with a sing. verb) The dental specialty dealing with correction of irregularities of the teeth, such as malocclusion, often by the use of braces.

or′tho·don′tic adj.
or′tho·don′ti·cal·ly adv.
or′tho·don′tist n.

orthodontics

Dentistry A specialty of dentistry involved in correcting dental and, less commonly, dentofacial defects

or·tho·don·tics

(ōr'thŏ-don'tiks)
That branch of dentistry concerned with the correction and prevention of irregularities and malocclusion of the teeth.
[ortho- + G. odous, tooth]

orthodontics

The dental speciality concerned with the correction of irregularities of tooth placement and in the relationship of the upper teeth to the lower (occlusion). Teeth can readily be permanently moved by sustained pressure using braces, springs, wires and harnesses.

or·tho·don·tics

(ōr'thŏ-don'tiks)
Branch of dentistry concerned with correction and prevention of irregularities and malocclusion of the teeth.
Synonym(s): dental orthopedics, orthodontia.
[ortho- + G. odous, tooth]

orthodontics (ôr´thədän´tiks),

n the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance, and correction of the growing and mature orofacial structures. This includes conditions that require movement of the teeth or correction of malrelationships and malformations of related structures by the adjustment of relationships between and among teeth and facial bones by the application of forces or the stimulation and redirection of functional forces within the craniofacial complex. Major responsibilities of the practice include (1) the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of all forms of malocclusion of the teeth and associated alterations in their surrounding structures; (2) design, application, and control of functional and corrective appliances; and (3) guidance of the dentition and its supporting structures to attain and maintain optimum occlusal relations in physiologic and esthetic harmony among facial and cranial structures. Also called
dentofacial orthopedics.

orthodontics, orthodontia

that branch of dentistry concerned with irregularities of teeth and malocclusion.