“Orthodontics (from greek orthos “straight or proper”; and odous “tooth”) is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on crowded and crooked teeth only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. In the latter case it is better defined as “dentofacial orthopaedics”.
Qualifications & Registration ensure your Orthodontist is fully qualified
An orthodontist is a fully qualified dentist who after gaining experience in general dentistry undertakes further full-time training in orthodontics for a three year period. This leads to the necessary qualifications to practice as a specialist in orthodontics.
There is a register of orthodontic specialists available at www.dentalcouncil.ie – before starting your treatment ensure that your orthodontist really IS an orthodontist by checking they are on the register.