ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT AND SPECIALITY:
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that addresses the diagnosis, prevention, management, and correction of mal-positioned teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. It may also address the modification of facial growth, known as dentofacial orthopedics. Orthodontic treatments aim to improve the way the teeth and jaws function, as well as the person’s smile or aesthetic appearance. The objectives of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics are to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. These specialties focus on the alignment of teeth and jaws to improve both the function and aesthetics of the face and smile. Here are the main objectives of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics:
1. Orthodontics aims to correct malocclusion, which refers to the misalignment of teeth and jaws. By using braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances, orthodontists work to straighten teeth, close space, and correct bite problems such as overbite, deepbite, crossbite, open bite and to improve the overall appearance of the face, lips, and smile.