If you want to improve your smile and feel more confident, braces are a great option for you. But having braces is about more than just improving your appearance. If your teeth are crooked or crowded, they are harder to keep healthy, which can result in tooth decay, tooth loss, or even gum disease. If you are interested in having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment, braces are a good option for you. If you are treated by an orthodontist, your treatments may be less costly than what could arise as a result of untreated orthodontic problems.