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Orthodontists are dentists with extra training who specialize in straightening teeth and correcting a poor bite (malocclusion). They can diagnose, prevent, and treat problems with teeth and jaws.

Orthodontists are skilled in any combination of extraction, braces (fixed appliances), and removable appliances that move the teeth and reshape the jaw. They work with young children, teens, and adults.

Orthodontists must complete extra training after dental school. Orthodontists who receive their training in a program accredited by the American Dental Association can be board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics