Orthodontics is a dental specialty of fixing malaligned teeth and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can correct a poor bite (malocclusion) by removing teeth (extraction) or by using devices (appliances) or surgery to move teeth.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who have at least 2 years of extra training after dental school. They are skilled in using any combination of extraction, braces (fixed appliances), or removable appliances to move the teeth and reshape the jaw.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics|
|Last Revised||January 2, 2013|
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