Orthodontics more commonly related to the term braces is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on improving the alignment of teeth and thus helps improve a person\u2019s oral health and smile.\nThis branch deals with diagnosis & prevention\/ treatment of misaligned teeth.\nBraces which aid in this process are fixed\/ removable appliances that help correct many irregularities in the alignment of the teeth.\n\nThey help to:\n\n \tStraighten teeth\n \tCorrect an irregular bite\n \tClose Gaps\n \tCorrect crooked\/ misaligned \/ crowded teeth\n\nThe above conditions can often lead to bad oral health and dental diseases like gum diseases and early tooth loss.\n\nOrthodontic treatment in turn help in getting a healthier mouth and a more pleasing appearance.\n\nCan adults get braces?\n\nMany people live with this myth that braces are just for teenagers. But that isn\u2019t true. No matter what the age is, it\u2019s never late to correct your smile.\nSome adults who did not receive orthodontic treatment in their childhood usually seek to correct their smile in the later years of their life. As mentioned earlier, not correcting this can lead to a lot of dental problems like:\n\n \tTooth decay\n \tGum disease\n \tHeadaches, earaches\n \t Jaw joint disorders\n\nThis can, in turn, lead to speaking, chewing and other difficulties.\nLike teenagers, adults too can benefit from the help of braces to have good oral health. But the time duration of the treatment might be slightly longer. Teenagers usually respond to treatment well as they are still growing. Adults may take some more time to complete the treatment. Normally, teenagers take 1 and a half to 2 years for the treatment which might be extended by 6 months to 1 year in case of adults.\nIn either case, it is recommended that one gets their braces treatment done at whichever age they are comfortable to experience a flawless smile and good oral health.