Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of abnormally arranged teeth.
Orthodontics uses mechanical devices, such as a brace, over a certain period of time (Usually 18 to 24 months) to correct the position of the teeth.
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth and face. Treatment can correct an irregular or "bad" bite, also known as a malocclusion.
It also can benefit long-term dental health. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. This can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. It also can help prevent gingivitis, an inflammation that damages gums. This type of gum disease can destroy bone that surrounds the teeth and lead to tooth loss.