Having a beautiful, healthy smile is more important than ever before. Oral and dental health is not only an important part of general health, but also plays a significant role in our personal relationships, when taking a new job, etc. Crowded teeth can be unattractive and more difficult to clean. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion which means your teeth, lips and/or jaws don't line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly and your jaws may look unbalanced. To fix bad bites, orthodontists use braces and other corrective procedures, including materials often called "appliances" to achieve tooth and jaw alignment. This correction of the teeth and their supportive structures makes for a healthy, attractive smile.