Orthodontic treatment is the art of treating the mal-positioning and disfiguration of teeth and the jaws.
Simply, it is aligning crooked teeth and correcting mal-positioned jaws by means of braces or other types of appliances.
Orthodontic disorders develop due to genetic and environmental factors.
Abnormalities of teeth and jaws in parents may be seen in their children, too.
They may also develop in children due to oral habits including long-term bottle feeding or pacifier use;
thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, nail-biting; pen or pencil chewing, and open-mouth breathing.