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orthodontics

[awr-thuh-don-tiks] /ˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; orth- + -odont + -ics
Related forms
orthodontic, orthodontal, adjective
orthodontist, noun
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  • Then it hopes they will return for higher-margin procedures such as dental implants and orthodontics.
  • However, if a mouth guard doesn't work, your dentist may recommend orthodontics to help re-align your teeth.
British Dictionary definitions for orthodontics

orthodontics

/ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teeth Also called dental orthopaedics
Derived Forms
orthodontic, adjective
orthodontist, noun
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Word Origin and History for orthodontics
n.

1909, from Modern Latin orthodontia + -ics.

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orthodontics in Medicine

orthodontics or·tho·don·tics (ôr'thə-dŏn'tĭks) or or·tho·don·ture (ôr'thə-dŏn'chər)
n.
The dental specialty and practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth, as by the use of braces. Also called orthodontia.


or'tho·don'tic adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for orthodontics

division of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth-generally entailing the straightening of crooked teeth or the correcting of a poor bite, or malocclusion (physiologically unacceptable contact of opposing dentition, which may be caused by imperfect development, loss of teeth, or abnormal growth of jaws). Of significance to the orthodontist is the sequence of eruption (emergence of the tooth from its developmental crypt into the oral cavity), because such knowledge helps to determine the position of the teeth. Human bone responds best to tooth movement before the age of 18, and consequently orthodontic work is usually more beneficial to a child than an adult.

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