In the past, orthodontic treatments were reserved for pre-teens and teens that suffered from difficulty with their overbite. Today, it is more common for adults to seek orthodontic treatment as well. In fact, nearly 30% of all orthodontic patients in the United States are now adults.
Of course, it does pay to start orthodontic treatment as early as possible, typically as early as age seven, for maximum effectiveness.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems involving the alignment of teeth and jaws. The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means, bad bite.
Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment. During your comprehensive exam, your dentist can discuss whether or not orthodontic care is appropriate for your teeth, and if so, which treatments would suit you best.