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Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that involves straightening teeth and altering bone growth for proper jaw alignment. It is also called "dentofacial orthopedics."

For optimum chewing, your teeth should fit together like gears meshing in a machine. When your teeth and jaws do not meet correctly, it is called a "malocclusion," or bad bite.

An orthodontist first diagnoses your tooth and jaw alignments, then may recommend to you special appliances to bring your teeth, lips and jaws into their proper positions. When your teeth and jaws are aligned through orthodontics, you will see improvement in your appearance, health, gums, and chewing power -- even your speech and breathing may experience dramatic changes -- all of which will enhance your self image and quality of life.

What is the New Jersey Specialty Permit Number?

The state of New Jersey assigns different permits for different specialties, which helps you choose a qualified dental specialist for each of your dental needs.

New Jersey recognizes the importance of the advanced training and knowledge needed to provide proper tooth and jaw alignment. To obtain a New Jersey Specialty Permit Number in Orthodontics, your dental care provider has had to meet a stringent set of requirements in orthodontics.

This permit number is your assurance of receiving quality care for each of your dental needs. Be sure to ask for it.