For many kids (and for some adults, too!), braces are a fact of life.
Dental braces are used for so many purposes but mainly to straighten crooked teeth.
Having straight teeth is important. Crooked, out of place, or misaligned teeth can affect the way you chew, talk, or smile.
What's more, because they have unnatural spaces, crooked teeth are harder to clean and are therefore more likely to have cavities.
Sometimes, the teeth are so crooked that it can even affect the way the jaws line up, causing great pain and discomfort.
This condition is more commonly referred to as malocclusion, which means bad bite. Other examples of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or jaws that are out of alignment.
Malocclusion is a hereditary condition. There are some cases, however, where the condition can be acquired, in which case, the malocclusion is often brought about by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb or fingers for a prolonged period of time.
When left unchecked, the malocclusion can cause some permanent deformity around the bone structure of the mouth.
Add to that the fact that the condition can cause some discomfort and pain and you can see how braces can benefit those