Braces are used to straighten and align your teeth, which will ultimately lead to a gorgeous smile and improved function. When teeth are crooked and crowded, it’s more difficult for you to clean them. This can lead to problems such as gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay, which may lead to tooth loss. Misaligned or crooked teeth not only affect the esthetics of your smile, but can also result in abnormal wear of a tooth’s surface and difficulty chewing. The greatest benefit of orthodontic treatment is a straight, beautiful smile and the confidence that comes along with it.