Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry. Orthodontics describes the practice of straightening misaligned teeth or malocclusions. Dentists who specialize in orthodontics can help manage abnormal positioning of the teeth, jaws and face. Orthodontics has additional benefits over improving cosmetic appearance. The benefits for opting for straightening the teeth include: improved function of teeth including better chewing and clearer pronunciation and speech, reduced risk of gum injury and trauma due to overbites and malocclusions.