Orthodontia, also known as orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialty field of dentistry. An orthodontist is a specialist who has undergone special training in a dental school or college after they have graduated in dentistry. It was established by the efforts of pioneering orthodontists such as Edward Angle and Norman William Kingsley. The specialty deals primarily with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and the jaws
In the state of Kansas, Dental Specialists are licensed by the state Dental Board. An Orthodontist after completing post-doctoral education, must apply for and receive a license before practicing orthodontics as a specialty in the state of Kansas. A licensed Orthodontist is limited to practicing only orthodontics. A general dentist, while allowed to provide some orthodontic services, may not represent themselves as an orthodontist, or as a orthodontic specialist..