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4. Why is orthodontic treatment important? 

Smile PhotoOrthodontic treatment is an outstanding investment in the overall health and psychological well-being of children and adults for many reasons. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain over a long period of time. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual periodontal (bone and gum) disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which may result in chronic headaches or pain in the face and/or neck. 

When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Specialty orthodontic treatment by Dr. Hendrix to correct the original problem often proves less costly than the additional dental care that may be required to treat more serious problems that ultimately develop in later years. 

Finally, the value of an attractive smile should never be underestimated. A pleasing appearance is a vital asset to one's self-esteem. A person's self-confidence often improves as orthodontic treatment brings the teeth, lips, and face into proper balance and proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can improve one's social life and career success with a resulting improvement in general attitude and outlook on life. 

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