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Orthodontics is the specialty in dentistry that studies the alteration of the alignment of crooked teeth. Orthodontic practice can generally be done for aesthetic reasons; however it can also be medical. Treatment includes braces, plates, retainers, headgear, and other appliances.


An orthodontist is a dentist with additional specialist training in improving incorrect or unfavorable position/s (malocclusion) of the teeth. US Orthodontists are usually members of the American Association of Orthodontists. The World Federation of Orthodontists is a global organization comprised of all orthodontists worldwide. In order to become an orthodontist, one must first attend graduate from college, and then attend dental school. After sucessfully completing dental school, you can apply to orthodontic programs. There are approximately 240 openings in orthodontic programs across that nation that range from 24 to 36 months.


Treatment modalities includes braces, plates, retainers, head gear etc.

Phase I orthodontics, or early treatment, involves correcting discrepancies before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. This treatment begins sometimes as early as 5 or 6 years of age. It may be done to correct a developing cross bite, over bite, or to decrease the likelyhood of facial truama from severely malaligned teeth. Phase II orthodontics is the more traditional treatment can begin once all of the permanent teeth have erupted. A combination of Phase I and Phase II treatment can decrease the overall time necessary for orthodontic treatment, by correcting major problems at the height of developmental growth.

External Links

  • http://www.aaomembers.org/index.cfm
  • http://www.orthodont-cz.cz
  • http://www.dgkfo.de (German Association of Orthodontists)
  • http://www.braces.org

  Results from FactBites:
MUSC CDM Division of Orthodontics (655 words)
The Division of Orthodontics is in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Orthodontics I. Introduces the principles of orthodontics and their clinical applications through the study of normal and abnormal dental occlusions, normal and abnormal facial patterns, hereditary tendencies, and other etiological factors.
The principles of orthodontic appliance, their design and clinical application and construction are demonstrated in correcting various malocclusion of the child and adult patient.
Orthodontics (912 words)
The mission of the faculty, students, and staff of the UCLA Section of Orthodontics is to improve the health of the people of California by: educating students and practitioners in dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics; researching the causes, prevention, and treatment of malocclusion and skeletal imbalances; and providing service to our patients and the community.
The Orthodontic Preceptorship Program is designed for foreign-trained dentists who have a desire to expand their knowledge in orthodontics and/or those who want to gain further knowledge in orthodontics before applying to a postdoctoral certificate program in orthodontics.
Orthodontics is currently involved in a fund-raising campaign for its new clinic.
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