What You May Not Know About Orthodontics

Have you ever heard the term ‘dentistry’? I am sure you have. The dentist to a lot of people, particularly children, is a big bad man or woman who will put a sharp metal tool in their mouth and inflict pain upon them.  A lot of children are terrified to visit the dentist. Others who trust their parents’ every word may have had wonderful experience with a dentist and are not afraid at all. Instead, they are always delighted to visit the dentist for their regular checkups. This is one great dream that every parent has for his or her children, especially the younger ones.

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Orthodontics’? Maybe or maybe not; I myself was not too familiar with the word until I did some research to find out what that word entails. I knew that it had something to do with dentistry, because I remember seeing a stack of fliers with my friend visiting McDonough Orthodontics in Utah last spring.  But anyways, I decided that when I got home, I would look up the word, which I did.

So for my remaining time I have here, I would like write about some of the interesting and important facts I came across while researching.

About Orthodontics

According to my research, Orthodontics was the first field of specialization that was recognized in the field of dentistry. In other words, this means that before all the other fields of dentistry came to light, Orthodontics already existed. Like other specializations in any field, especially the medical field, prospective orthodontists have to undergo a lot of training. This training includes theoretical training, practical training, as well as credible and recognized work experience. Therefore, in order to become a member of the orthodontics field, one must successfully complete all the training and credentials that were mentioned above.


Orthodontists specialize in two main fields. First let me tell you the exact definition of orthodontics. The term itself is a Greek word, which means the correction of bites or the correction of teeth. Therefore, the main field in orthodontics deals with the straightening of teeth. In this field, this Orthodontics uses either braces or retainers to achieve the desirable correction of individuals’ teeth.  For clients to be treated with braces or retainers, it all depends on how much correction their teeth require. Some may need only either braces or a retainer, while others would require both to accomplish a full and successful correction.

The second main subfield in orthodontics is the field that is concerned with the reconstruction of the entire face. These types of Orthodontists would most definitely need a lot more training and certification to perform such procedures. Although the first field was focused exclusively on teeth, this second field works with the entire face. They have the ability to shift or relocate the position of one’s jaw, bones and many other features of one face.

Unlike the first field, in this second field, clients are required to wear retainers.  They do not wear braces because the orthodontist would have already replaced the form and location of all the teeth in their mouth. The purpose of the retainers, which could be worn for days or even years, is to hold the teeth in place while all the other bones and muscle are allowed to heal. Clients wearing retainers for this purpose are not allowed to remove it at nights; it has to be worn for extensive periods of time without being replaced.  And replacement can only be done by an orthodontist.

Importance of Orthodontics

  • For healthy teeth and gums – people whose teeth are not straight and need correction usually suffer a lot from cavities and other gum diseases. For humans, you gums and teeth must be aligned properly for you to maintain long-lasting and healthy teeth and gums throughout your years.
  • Brighter smile, bigger confidence –most people stay that their confidence stems from the way they look. There is nothing quite like loving your smile and appreciating one’s self.
  • Survival –The second field of orthodontics is not only done for personal or cultural purposes. There are instances where this procedure must take place in order to insure the survival of clients. Tooth defects and gum diseases are more harmful than you deem them to be – they can be fatal!

By Gloria Kajo

Gloria Kajo enjoys researching and writing. She writes for the health industry to inform others on the benefits of knowing small details on various health specialties. She writes for many companies in the health industry, with McDonough Orthodontics being one of them

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