Good oral health improves and supports whole body health. Orthodontic treatment can improve your health by aligning the teeth, which makes them easier to clean, prevents decay, prevents periodontal bone loss, and prevents excessive wear and abnormal abrasion on the biting surfaces of the teeth. It also prevents gum tissue recession and gum disease, resulting in bad breath and premature loss of permanent teeth.
Medical and dental professionals are concerned that excessive oral inflammation and gum disease can contribute to clogged arteries and heart disease. Orthodontic treatment can also correct certain speech impediments by, (1) widening the area within which the tongue needs to function, and (2) by closing gaps and spaces between the jaws and teeth during speech to prevent lisping. Speech is often dependent on proper jaw and tooth alignment.