As long as your teeth are healthy, then you are a great candidate to have braces. A straight smile is important at any age. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children visit their offices by the age of 7 in order to diagnose any preventative jaw or bite problems. Catching problems early on will help to avoid worse problems later on in life such as surgery or tooth extractions. If you were unable to see an orthodontist at a young age, you can still see one later in life to help correct your smile. With the different varieties of braces, friends and coworkers will have no idea that your lunch date is really your orthodontist appointment.