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Orthodontics is a dental specialty of fixing malaligned teeth and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can correct a poor bite (malocclusion) by removing teeth (extraction) or by using devices (appliances) or surgery to move teeth.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who have at least 2 years of extra training after dental school. They are skilled in using any combination of extraction, braces (fixed appliances), or removable appliances to move the teeth and reshape the jaw.
Last Revised: January 2, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
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