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ORTHODONTICS- SCOPE & INTRODUCTION

Orthodontics & dentofacial orthopaedics is that specialty area of health science of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, supervision, guidance & treatment of growing & mature dentofacial structures including those conditions that requires movement of teeth & treatment of malrelationships & malformations of craniofacial complex. It includes the correction of relationships between & among teeth & facial bones, application of force, including orthopedic & functional forces & diagnosis & treatment in conjunction with orthognathic surgery to attain & maintain optimal physiological health & esthetic harmony of the patient.

 

Major responsibilities of orthodontic practice include the diagnosis, prevention, interception & treatment of all forms of malocclusion of teeth &  associated alterations in their surrounding structures; the design, application & control of functional & corrective appliances; & the guidance of the dentition & its supporting structures to attain & maintain optimum relations in physiologic & esthetic harmony among facial & cranial structures.

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