Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that deals with diagnosis, and management of dental and facial irregularities in children and adults. The practice of orthodontics requires professional skills in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (such as braces), to align teeth, lips and jaws to achieve facial balance and straight teeth.
Orthodontics not only provides positive cosmetic results and overall confidence and self-esteem. but can also play an important role in reducing the need for future dental treatment. Children and adults alike can benefit from orthodontic treatment as healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. It is however recommended that all children have an orthodontic screening early, as some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early.