Definition of orthodontics in English:

orthodontics

(also orthodontia)

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] The treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws.

    • ‘Because they have been able to keep the dental readiness of our fleet and shore active-duty members so high, family members can receive care in all dental disciplines, including orthodontics.’
    • ‘If your child wears braces, a retainer, or other orthodontics, ask the orthodontist about dental care.’
    • ‘‘You are never too old to wear braces,’ says Dr. Samir Bishara, a UI professor of orthodontics.’
    • ‘The branch of dentistry that specialises in aligning teeth is called orthodontics.’
    • ‘Many consumers are not aware that general dentists are legally capable of doing orthodontics after dental school.’
    • ‘For these children, phase-two orthodontics may include an operation called an osteotomy on the upper jaw that moves the upper jaw both forward and down.’
    • ‘This will enable the Cork Dental School to be recognised as an orthodontics training school.’
    • ‘Sybron is a niche player and a high-end supplier of quality instruments for orthodontics and dentistry.’
    • ‘During the closing decades of the twentieth century these procedures, and also aesthetic orthodontics, came to be a common undertaking.’
    • ‘People also are undergoing innovative forms of treatment, such as aesthetic dentistry, bone-integrated implantation, and adult orthodontics.’
    • ‘This analysis, which was developed initially for the study of skeletal landmarks in orthodontics and orthognathic surgery, also allows specific soft tissue outlines and predictions to be performed.’
    • ‘Thus more individuals are turning to orthodontics to possess a healthy set of well aligned teeth and an alluring smile.’
    • ‘Crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, and orthodontics are available after only 12 months of continuous enrollment.’
    • ‘She will also get orthodontics to straighten her lower teeth.’
    • ‘By pushing teeth back into the bone, orthodontics can reduce the effect of receding gums, too.’
    • ‘This may involve orthodontics alone or orthodontics together with intervention from another dental discipline.’
    • ‘Children who had been treated before this initial examination by means of either orthodontics or dentofacial orthopedics were excluded from the study.’
    • ‘She says the Orange, California-based firm has a unique market advantage because it operates in two areas: professional dental and orthodontics.’
    • ‘He should have had some sort of orthodontics as a child - even as a young adult - what kind of father raises a family like this?’
    • ‘He said the Western Health Board currently had one Consultant Orthodontist and four Dentists, two of whom were undergoing specialist training in orthodontics.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from ortho- ‘straight’ + Greek odous, odont- tooth.

Pronunciation:

orthodontics

/ˌɔːθəˈdɒntɪks/