The purpose of Orthodontics is not only to improve your smile, but more importantly, to eliminate malocclusions (improper bites) and the wide variety of problems they can cause. Malocclusions occur as the result of tooth and/or jaw misalignment. They may affect the way you chew and clean your teeth and even how you feel about your smile and appearance. An improper bite may lead to periodontal (gum and bone) problems and/or tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can improve your long-term dental and physical health, and that’s something to smile about!