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What is an orthodontist?

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An orthodontist specializes in diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusions, or "bad bites," of the teeth and surrounding structures. They use of bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances or retainers to straighten teeth by movement of the teeth through bone.

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Oral Health Glossary."

MedlinePlus: "Dental Health."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Glossary of Dental Terms."

American Dental Association: "Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Oral Health Glossary."

MedlinePlus: "Dental Health."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Glossary of Dental Terms."

American Dental Association: "Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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