The prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth by examining, diagnosis and treating dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies, usually through the application of dental braces.

Alternative labels

dentofacial orthopaedics
diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws
dentofacial orthopedics

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Orthodontics is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

Orthodontics is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Dentistry lecturer: Dentistry lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers, and often doctors who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, dentistry, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants for the preparation of lectures and of exams, for grading papers and exams, for leading laboratory practices, and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of dentistry, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.
Specialist dentist: Specialist dentists prevent, diagnose and treat anomalies and diseases affecting the teeth, mouth, jaws and adjoining tissues specialised in oral surgery or orthodontics.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022

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