James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
| Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: Division of Orthodontics|
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics is that area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the growing or mature dentofacial structures. It includes those conditions that require movement of teeth or correction of malrelationships and malformations of their related structures and the adjustment of relationships between and among teeth and facial bones. Orthodontic treatment involves the application of forces and/or the stimulation and redirection of functional forces within the craniofacial complex.
Major responsibilities in orthodontic practice include the diagnosis, prevention, interception and treatment of all forms of malocclusion of the teeth and associated alterations of their surrounding structures. It involves the design, application and control of functional and corrective appliances; and the guidance of the dentition and its supporting structures to attain and maintain optimal occlusal relations in physiologic and esthetic harmony with craniofacial structures.