Orthodontics is a dental specialty that addresses irregularities in the relationship between the upper and lower jaw. Orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots. While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to the orthodontist around age seven. Early treatment allows your orthodontist to correct and guide your child’s jaw, create more space for crowded teeth, avoid the need for extractions later in life, and correct thumb sucking and minor speech problems. There is a wide range of orthodontic treatments that can address occlusion concerns for children, teens and adults. No matter what your age, orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness in performing their functions and create a well-aligned smile.