Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with correcting teeth positions and improving dental occlusion or bite (the way the teeth come together) as well as improving overall facial aesthetics.
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic assessment for children at age six or seven, as this is when the first adult teeth typically appear and when developmental problems can be detected.
Treatment for young children is usually aimed at dealing with functional problems. Early intervention is designed to eliminate or simplify any later need for further orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontics is not just for children. These days more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment and there is a greater variety of treatment options available.
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