The beauty of smile is not fully appreciated when your teeth are misaligned or crooked. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct this condition. Treatment in orthodontics not only means correction of misaligned or crooked teeth but also involves correction of protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth or jaw problems.

Correcting the problem can create a nice looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That’s because crooked teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay, gum diseases and possibly tooth loss.

Braces or orthodontic appliances can be as inconspicuous or as noticeable as you like. Braces can be of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these materials. Some brackets are clear or tooth colored. The elastics used can be of different colors such as red, green, blue, pink etc which can help you wear the color you want. But if aesthetic is your prime concern then the new form of lingual orthodontics and transparent braces are also treatment options.

The correct time to begin orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 8-14, as the childs permanent teeth erupt. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. Children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Even if the child has few milk teeth left, it is always better to let an orthodontist check to foresee the problems. It is hence important to have regular dental checkups done.

The best person to get braces done is from an orthodontist. Orthodontics is a specialty area of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. There are two types of orthodontic appliances: fixed which are worn all the time and can only be removed by the dentist, and the removable, which the patient can take out of the mouth. The orthodontist selects the type based on your needs.