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Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The practice of orthodontics requires the professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (i.e. braces and other devices) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

Your orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are dentists who complete a two to three year post-graduate orthodontic programe accredited by the Canadian Dental Association (www.cda-adc.com). The advanced training includes such diverse studies as genetics, embryology, human growth and development, and biophysics. Only dentists with this advanced specialty education can present themselves as orthodontic specialists in Canada.

For more information about orthodontics and orthodontists please visit the following sites:

Canadian Association of Orthodontists/Association canadienne des orthodontists: www.cao-aco.org

British Orthodontic Society: www.bos.org.uk

American Association of Orthodontists: www.aaoinfo.org