Successful orthodontic treatment requires a consistent effort by both the orthodontist and the patient. Crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean and may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. A bad occlusion can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking and loss of supporting bone.
Treatment duration varies with the severity of the problem, patient growth, gum and bone response to orthodontic forces, and patient cooperation (ie: hygiene, diet and appliance wear). Without treatment, problems may become worse. A very important benefit of orthodontic treatment is emotional and/or psychological. An unattractive smile can make one self-conscious and lack confidence, thus resulting in low self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can change your smile and your perspective on life!
Many individuals suffer from conditions including, but not limited to: