Orthodontic treatment is the specialty of dentistry that repositions or moves teeth. Treatment can help to improve improper bites (malocclusions) that occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and that may affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Improper bites, if left untreated, may lead to a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are prone to being chipped or even knocked out. Crossbites can result in unfavourable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting and speech impediments. The good news is that orthodontics can correct these problems and eliminate the need for more extensive dental work later on in life.
Everyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment, from children as young as six or seven years of age to adults in their 60s and older.