Why are braces or other orthodontic treatment worth the investment?
Most orthodontic treatment is done to correct problems that are inherited. Crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems are examples of genetic problems that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign.
Other non-inherited problems develop over time and include: thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of primary (baby) teeth, loss of permanent teeth, accidents, poor nutrition, or some medical problems. These problems can also exist with and complicate an inherited problem. Orthodontic treatment can provide a solution for all of them.
Crowded and over-lapping teeth are difficult to keep clean. If left untreated, the teeth can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. If the teeth do not meet together properly, there can be abnormal wear of teeth, difficulty chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. Without orthodontic treatment, these problems will become worse over time.
Finally, a beautiful (and healthy) smile is a confidence-builder in the schoolyard as well as in the workplace. It promotes positive self-esteem and promotes emotional, psychological and physical health!