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Orthodontics is a recognised speciality in dentistry. In this category, there are articles related to this branch of dentistry.

What does orthodontics mean?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry. It is concerned with facial growth; development of dentition and occlusion; diagnosis, interception and treatment of occlusal anomalies. From an etymological point of view, Orthodontics (orthodontia) is dated 1849, from ortho– “straight, regular” + Greek odon (genitive odontos) “tooth” (from PIE root *dent- “tooth”) + abstract noun ending -ia.

Orthodontic therapies can be performed by means of brackets. Innovative procedures can avoid the use of brackets in most treatments. An example is bracketless fixed lingual orthodontics.


What does orthodontics study?

According to the British society of orthodontics (1922) “Orthodontics includes the study of growth & development of the jaws & face particularly, & the body generally as influencing the position of the teeth; the study of action & reaction of internal & external influences on the development & the prevention & correction of arrested & perverted development”.

According to the American Board of orthodontics, “Orthodontics is that specific area of dental practice that has as its responsibility the study and supervision of the growth and the development of the dentition and its related anatomical structures from birth to dental maturity, including all preventive and corrective procedures of dental irregularities requiring the repositioning of teeth by functional or mechanical means to establish normal occlusion and pleasing facial contours