Orthodontics is the speciality in dentistry concerning the treatment of malocclusions (improper bites) that may be a result of tooth irregularity, a disproportionate jaw, or both. Orthodontics commonly refers to the practice of placing braces on the teeth for the key purpose of straightening crooked teeth, as well as strengthening overall structural integrity.
Orthodontics can be used at any age, however, the ideal time is usually between ten and fourteen years of age, as the head and mouth are still growing and therefore conform to straightening easily and more naturally.
The end result of orthodontic treatment is a stunning smile, but it's imperative to remember to keep teeth as clean as possible during active orthodontic treatment by brushing after each meal and flossing daily. Food can easily become trapped in the brackets or band of braces and possibly lead to decay and discolouration of the natural teeth.