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orthodontics

[ awr-thuh-don-tiks ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.

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Origin of orthodontics

First recorded in 1905–10; orth- + -odont + -ics

OTHER WORDS FROM orthodontics

or·tho·don·tic, or·tho·don·tal, adjectiveor·tho·don·tist, noun
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How to use orthodontics in a sentence

  • A 2015 literature review in the Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics noted that up to one in three people has some amount of facial asymmetry, and it’s not as if that many of us belong to the lonely-​hearts club.

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  • If one of your clients wants to be known as their area’s preeminent orthodontics practice but fails to mention keywords like “Invisalign” or “retainer,” then searchers might not believe that they truly are experts.

British Dictionary definitions for orthodontics

orthodontics

orthodontia (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪə)

/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪks) /

noun
(functioning as singular) the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teethAlso called: dental orthopaedics

Derived forms of orthodontics

orthodontic, adjectiveorthodontist, noun
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