For most getting orthodontic care performed is simply to create a smile that will provide you with confidence and express who you truly are. On the flip side having a beautiful and healthy smile will provide you with huge health benefits. Having straight and healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment can provide you with many long term health benefits.
As you are probably already aware, crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. An unhealthy mouth can lead to many more serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes. For many misalignment of their teeth will cause chronic migraines, face and neck pain and more. Orthodontics can treat these problems and also provide you with a beautiful and confident smile.
To learn more about orthodontics or to learn the difference between a general dentist who does orthodontics and an orthodontist please visit the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) website.