Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics



Orthodontia is currently known as orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The specialty is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. In the latter case it is better defined as “dentofacial orthopedics”.