Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, formerly referred to as orthodontia, is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. The field was established by such pioneering orthodontists as Edward Angle and Norman William Kingsley.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, age isn’t an issue. While it is generally recommended that orthodontic treatment should take place during the adolescent years when the patient is still undergoing physical growth, the developments in treatment options in recent years has meant more adults are able to achieve their perfect smile. These days, there is no best age for orthodontic treatment. Rather your willingness to care for your smile and consistently wear any removable devices will result in much better results at any age.