orthodontics

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noun plural but singular in construction or·tho·don·tics \-ˈdän-tiks\

Definition of orthodontics

  1. :  a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth (as malocclusion) and their correction (as by braces)

orthodontic

play \-tik\ adjective

orthodontically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

orthodontist

play \-ˈdän-tist\ noun

Did You Know?

Orthodontics has been practiced since ancient times, but the elaborate techniques familiar to us today were introduced only in recent decades. Braces, retainers, and headgear are used to fix such conditions as crowding of the teeth and overbites. According to a 1939 text, "Speech defects, psychiatric disturbances, personality changes, . . . all are correctable through orthodontic measures", though many adolescents, having endured the embarrassment of rubber bands breaking and even of entangling their braces while kissing, might disagree.

1909

First Known Use of orthodontics

1909


ORTHODONTICS Defined for English Language Learners

orthodontics

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noun plural but singular in construction or·tho·don·tics \-ˈdän-tiks\

Definition of orthodontics for English Language Learners

  • : a branch of dentistry that deals with helping teeth to grow straight


Medical Dictionary

orthodontics

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noun plural but singular in construction orth·odon·tics \-ˈdänt-iks\

Medical Definition of orthodontics

  1. 1:  a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth and their correction (as by means of braces)

  2. 2:  the treatment provided by an orthodontist

orthodontic

\-ik\play adjective

orthodontically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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