Orthodontics is the name of the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of bad bites. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite with straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to chew, speak, and bite.
If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or do not meet at all, orthodontic correction may be recommended. Braces and aligners are the “appliances” orthodontists most commonly use to guide your teeth into their proper positions.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment to correct long-standing problems. Orthodontics can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.