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What’s an orthodontist, and how can one help with my oral health care?

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An orthodontist is an oral health care provider who diagnosis, prevents, and treats malocclusions, or "bad bites," of the teeth and areas nearby. Malocclusions can come from crowded, missing, or extra teeth, or from jaws that are out of alignment. This specialist straightens teeth by moving them through bone, using bands, wires, braces, and other corrective devices or retainers. This specialist treats children and adults who want to improve their appearance and bite.

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American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

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