What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that focuses on tooth alignment, jaw development and jaw position. Dentists’ require several years’ further training to become qualified in orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment can correct many conditions of the jaws and teeth, some of which develop during childhood and others that can occur later in life. These conditions are most broadly referred to as malocclusions and are most often caused by genetics or lifestyle factors. An orthodontist, after undergoing at least 3 years additional specialist training, is highly skilled to diagnosis these malocclusions and then plan and prescribe treatment accordingly.
The term orthodontics is often associated with braces and teenagers. However with modern technology, braces are just one of the many treatment options that are available today.