Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialty training following dental school. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the dentofacial structures. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation by their seventh birthday. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers and other appliances to correct dentofacial abnormalities. Braces can be beneficial to both children and adults, and will result in a beautiful smile that will impact your life for years to come. Straight teeth not only look and function better, but they’re also easier to keep clean and healthy.