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Chances are that if you've had braces, an orthodontist took care of your teeth during that time. Essentially, an orthodontist's job is to correct a bad bite, known as a malocclusion. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) describes its field of dentistry as specializing in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

While children are the main recipients of orthodontic care, about 15 to 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age, though it is easier to detect and prevent potential problems early on. The AAO recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.

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