Dental health
Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth can be more difficult to clean, which may contribute to cavities and gum disease. An improper bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse.

Because adolescents are still growing, this age is often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results the most efficiently.

The emotional side of an unattractive smile can affect children in the formative years. When children are not confident about the way they look, self-esteem can suffer. Teenagers with orthodontic problems left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their teeth and their smile. Because, orthodontic treatment is common amongst teenagers and pre-teens, this is the most socially acceptable age to wear braces.