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1. The branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth.
2. That branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which means "bad bite".
The practice of orthodontics involves the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
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odonto-, odont-, odon-, -odont, -odonic, -odontic, -odontia, -odontoid; -dont, -donts, -dontia, -dontic, -dontoid
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The correction of malocclusions by the surgical repositioning of the jaw, or segments of the jaw.