A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Although most patients receive orthodontic treatment to achieve a straight smile, treatment also positively affects your overall health. Crooked, crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain which negatively impacts your oral health and in some circumstances your overall health. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, research has shown a strong link between crooked, unhealthy teeth and periodontal disease, heart disease, stroke and more. A straight, healthy smile can not only help boost your self-esteem; it can help prevent these types of diseases from occurring. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment for your dental, physical and emotional wellbeing. A straight, healthy smile can be yours at any age.