Do you know that having straight teeth is important for many more reasons than just looking nice? Properly aligned teeth are not only easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles, it also helps to properly chew and digest food. The risk of gum disease and tooth loss can be reduced as oral hygiene can be more effective. This is important to overall health as tooth decay and gum disease are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Having straight teeth can be more cost-effective since there tends to be fewer severe dental emergencies associated with straight teeth. Malpositioned teeth wear unevenly and can put unnecessary pressure on the jaw resulting in chronic headaches. Lastly, crooked and overlapped teeth can affect speech and have a lasting effect on confidence and self-esteem.