Definition of orthodontics in English:


Translate orthodontics into Spanish

plural noun

(also orthodontia)
treated as singular
  • The treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws, including the use of braces.

    ‘The branch of dentistry that specialises in aligning teeth is called orthodontics.’
    • ‘If your child wears braces, a retainer, or other orthodontics, ask the orthodontist about dental care.’
    • ‘This may involve orthodontics alone or orthodontics together with intervention from another dental discipline.’
    • ‘This analysis, which was developed initially for the study of skeletal landmarks in orthodontics and orthognathic surgery, also allows specific soft tissue outlines and predictions to be performed.’
    • ‘People also are undergoing innovative forms of treatment, such as aesthetic dentistry, bone-integrated implantation, and adult orthodontics.’
    • ‘‘You are never too old to wear braces,’ says Dr. Samir Bishara, a UI professor of orthodontics.’
    • ‘Children who had been treated before this initial examination by means of either orthodontics or dentofacial orthopedics were excluded from the study.’
    • ‘For these children, phase-two orthodontics may include an operation called an osteotomy on the upper jaw that moves the upper jaw both forward and down.’
    • ‘During the closing decades of the twentieth century these procedures, and also aesthetic orthodontics, came to be a common undertaking.’
    • ‘Crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, and orthodontics are available after only 12 months of continuous enrollment.’
    • ‘She will also get orthodontics to straighten her lower teeth.’
    • ‘Thus more individuals are turning to orthodontics to possess a healthy set of well aligned teeth and an alluring smile.’
    • ‘By pushing teeth back into the bone, orthodontics can reduce the effect of receding gums, too.’
    • ‘Because they have been able to keep the dental readiness of our fleet and shore active-duty members so high, family members can receive care in all dental disciplines, including orthodontics.’
    • ‘She says the Orange, California-based firm has a unique market advantage because it operates in two areas: professional dental and orthodontics.’
    • ‘Many consumers are not aware that general dentists are legally capable of doing orthodontics after dental school.’
    • ‘This will enable the Cork Dental School to be recognised as an orthodontics training school.’
    • ‘Sybron is a niche player and a high-end supplier of quality instruments for orthodontics and dentistry.’
    • ‘He should have had some sort of orthodontics as a child - even as a young adult - what kind of father raises a family like this?’
    • ‘He said the Western Health Board currently had one Consultant Orthodontist and four Dentists, two of whom were undergoing specialist training in orthodontics.’



/ˌôrTHəˈdän(t)iks/ /ˌɔrθəˈdɑn(t)ɪks/


Early 20th century from ortho-‘straight’ + Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’.