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What is Orthodontics?

25th May 2018

The term ‘orthodontics’ comes from the Greek words ‘orthos’, meaning straight or correct, and ‘donita’ which means relating to teeth.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists first qualify as dentists after completing a five year undergraduate program, at an accredited dental school. After this they are required to undertake additional post-graduate training for 3-5 years in orthodontics. This advanced training includes diverse subjects such as genetics, embryology, human growth/facial anatomy, child development/psychology and the principles of biomechanical engineering. These highly trained professionals are then able to register as specialists in orthodontics on the specialist list held by the General Dental Council.

What is Orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities such as crooked, crowded, protruding teeth and poor jaw alignment. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to provide a healthy, functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving the appearance of a patient's smile. This in turn contributes to improved mental and physical well being.

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