Your dentist may have discussed the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease and lead to tooth loss.
Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints.
Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems resulting from orthodontic problems.
For most people, a beautiful smile and improved self-confidence are the most obvious benefits of orthodontics. Other benefits include a healthier, more comfortable bite, straighter teeth, minimized jaw discomfort, reduced clenching or grinding of the teeth, correction of overbites and enhanced facial profile.