Your general dentist has probably discussed why having straight, healthy teeth and a proper bite is beneficial for not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Because crooked and/or crowded teeth are difficult to clean, tooth decay is more prominent, which can lead to gum disease and even possible loss of teeth. There are other contributing factors that may lead to abnormal wear on the teeth, such as extreme pressure on the gums and bone that support the teeth or inadequate chewing abilities. Treatment to correct these problems is far more expensive than the cost of orthodontic treatment, which can help prevent these problems from occurring. Orthodontics not only will give you a beautiful, healthy smile; it will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem as well.