orthodontia

noun
or·​tho·​don·​tia | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈdän(t)-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce orthodontia (audio) \

Definition of orthodontia

2 : dental appliances (such as braces) used in orthodontic treatment

Examples of orthodontia in a Sentence

We took out a loan to pay for our son's orthodontia.

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In another case, an employee who approved credit card expenses ran up a tab for $150,000 on the company credit card, paying for her child’s college tuition and orthodontia work. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County DA offers new guide for reporting embezzlement," 11 Sep. 2019 There are still plenty of women who don’t have access to, can’t afford, or haven’t gotten orthodontia, which became a heated discussion this week when Gucci Beauty launched its new lipstick campaign. Alaina Leary, Glamour, "The Reaction to Gucci's Ad Doesn't Surprise Me—I Grew Up With 'Bad Teeth'," 9 May 2019 From diapers and daycare, orthodontia and summer camp, the costs of raising a kid add up. Liz Tracy, Glamour, "The Maternity Leave Mistake That Devastated My Family's Financial Situation," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of orthodontia

circa 1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for orthodontia

New Latin

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orthodontia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orthodontia

US, technical : treatment and devices used on teeth to make them grow straight

orthodontia

noun
orth·​odon·​tia | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈdän-ch(ē-)ə How to pronounce orthodontia (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthodontia

2 : dental appliances (as braces) used in orthodontic treatment

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