Orthodontics and the general practitioner

J Am Dent Assoc. 2002 Mar;133(3):369-71. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.2002.0178.


Until now, general dentists have not had significant involvement with orthodontic procedures. With this article, I encourage general dentists and other nonorthodontists interested in orthodontic therapy to acquire adequate education to allow them to participate in this area of clinical activity. The Invisalign concept can enhance the desirability of nonorthodontists' becoming involved with orthodontic procedures.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dentition, Mixed
  • General Practice, Dental / education
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion / classification
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design
  • Orthodontic Appliances, Removable*
  • Orthodontics / education
  • Orthodontics, Corrective* / instrumentation
  • Orthodontics, Corrective* / methods