Orthodontics comes from the Greek words ortho, meaning correct or straight and odontes meaning teeth. It is a specialized branch of dentistry concerned with the development and management of deviations from the normal position of the teeth, jaws and face (malocclusions). A malocclusion is not a disease but simply a marked variation from what is considered to be the normal position of teeth. Orthodontic treatment can improve both the function and appearance of the mouth and face. Appliances (braces) can be fixed or removable and are used to straighten the teeth and encourage growth and development. The main aims of orthodontic care are to produce a healthy, functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance. This contributes to the mental, as well as the physical, well being of the individual.
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