As long as your teeth are healthy, then you are a great candidate to have braces. A straight smile is important at any age. However, orthodontists recommend that children visit their offices at the age of 7 in order to diagnose any problems and to start with preventative care. Catching problems early on will help to avoid problems later on in life. 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.