"PERFECTING NATURE’S SEEMING IMPERFECTIONS"
This is the first inaugural lecture in the School of Dentistry, University of Benin. This lecture is positioned in the field of Orthodontics as the 4th in Nigeria.
Environment is the sum total of the surroundings which include the physical, chemical and biological components external to organism (Cunningham et al, 2003).
The word “Orthodontics” is from the Greek word “Orthos” meaning right or correct and “odontos” meaning tooth. The term was coined by Le Felon in 1839.
These definitions of Orthodontics bring to bear the relationship between nature (growth and development of the dentofacial complex) and the imperfections (malocclusions) which is the Orthodontist’s mandate to try to make perfect or acceptable this imperfections .
Before 1979 orthodontic practice involved only simple removable appliances. Few Dentists who trained in orthodontics did not practice fixed appliance technique.