the branch of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, correcting, and preventing irregularities of the teeth and poor occlusion
Origin of orthodonticsModL: see orth(o)-, -odont, and amp; -ics
(used with a sing. verb) The dental specialty dealing with correction of irregularities of the teeth, such as malocclusion, often by the use of braces.
From orth- +"Ž -odont +"Ž -ics.