Braces are not merely for improving your smile; they improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Treatment in children who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.
Ultimately, braces do more than make a pretty smile—they creates a healthier you.