If your teeth are crooked, orthodontic treatment may be just what you need to give you a smile you can wear with confidence. Besides helping your overall self-esteem, a proper bite also contributes to improved dental health that in turn, will affect your overall physical heath and well-being. Beyond the loss of confidence many people feel, crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Others may experience discomfort in their jaw joints due to misalignment of their teeth and gums. Protruding teeth are more prone to chipping and fracture and an improper bite will contribute to uneven or accelerated tooth wear.