“Orthodontics” comes from two Greek words, “orthos” meaning right or correct and “dons” meaning tooth.
Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities (malocclusions/bad bite).The appliances that are used to correct these problems, are called “braces”.
Malocclusions can be inherited and can manifest as:
Malocclusions can also be acquired or caused by known factors such as:
Braces and other orthodontic procedures can be used to correct malocclusions, resulting in a harmonious relationship between the teeth and the jaws and leaving us to enjoy a healthy and attractive smile.
Children and adults should visit the orthodontist for a specialized analysis of the teeth, bite and jaws because orthodontists can help prevent, diagnose and treat these irregularities.