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.
Recent Examples on the Web Baupost also invested in a chain of veterinary surgical hospitals and a group of orthodontia and pediatric dental practices. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Because the original bridge design, all but lost in time now, was about as classic as your 7th grade orthodontia from the 1980s. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 Employees who have been setting aside money for orthodontia, elective surgery or routine health care may want to reduce their contribution if medical, dental and vision care remains hard to come by. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, 12 May 2020 SmileDirectClub is one of several direct-to-consumer (DTC) orthodontia companies that have cropped up in the past decade. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 21 Jan. 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog might move like a bolt of lightning once his feet start flying, but even with the orthodontia done to correct his chompers, the movie bearing his name still goes nowhere, fast. Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 Feb. 2020 Of the 55,828 dental insurance plans available in the US, only 1,340 offer adult orthodontia coverage. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 21 Jan. 2020 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, 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, 9 May 2019 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthodontia. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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