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Glossary

You will find the definitions of keywords used in orthodontics here.

Orthodontics

In most languages, this is the normal word used to describe the field of orhodontics, although in Germany during the 1930’s, it was replaced by the term “Dento-facial Orthopaedics”. This renaming can only be understood within the context of the euphoria which resulted from the introduction of the so-called Functional Orthodontics in Germany in the 1930’s. When Functional Orthodontics did not exactly turn out to be the great saviour, our specialism was once again given its correct name – i.e. ‘orthodontics’.