orthodontics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
or·​tho·​don·​tics | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈdän-tiks How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \

Definition of orthodontics

: a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth (such as malocclusion) and their correction (as by braces) also : the treatment provided by a specialist in orthodontics

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Other Words from orthodontics

orthodontic \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​tik How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \ adjective
orthodontically \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \ adverb
orthodontist \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​tist How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \ noun

Examples of orthodontics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Understanding the link between specific genes and facial features could be useful for treating facial malformations or for orthodontics. John R. Shaffer, The Conversation, "We scanned the DNA of 8,000 people to see how facial features are controlled by genes," 7 Dec. 2020 An adjunct instructor of orthodontics at UNC, Ms. Bonebreak Jackson teaches graduate students one day a week and works at a private practice in nearby Hillsborough two days a week. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "One Woman’s Journey From New York Bond Trader to Orthodontist," 27 Sep. 2020 Cupertino dentist Ken Frangadakis recalled taking an orthodontics class from Dugoni in the mid 1960s. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Art Dugoni, preeminent dental educator, dies at 95," 25 Sep. 2020 And with little more than some heavy orthodontics and unfortunate hairstyles, the two women fall easily into being 13 — an effect that is greatly enhanced by the actors playing their school peers, who are all actual teenagers. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "If all this alone time makes you nostalgic, then ‘PEN15’ should be your new best friend," 9 Sep. 2020 The people in the photograph include Dr. Flavio Uribe, an assistant professor and orthodontics program director at UConn Health and a visiting associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine. CBS News, "Dental students at Yale took selfie with severed heads: AP," 6 Feb. 2018 The people in the photograph include Dr. Flavio Uribe, an assistant professor and orthodontics program director at UConn Health and a visiting associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine. CBS News, "Dental students at Yale took selfie with severed heads: AP," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of orthodontics

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Orthodontics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthodontics. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for orthodontics

orthodontics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orthodontics

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

orthodontics

noun plural but singular in construction
orth·​odon·​tics | \ -ˈdänt-iks How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthodontics

1 : a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth and their correction (as by means of braces)
2 : the treatment provided by an orthodontist

Other Words from orthodontics

orthodontic \ -​ik How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \ adjective
orthodontically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce orthodontics (audio) \ adverb

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