According to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when meeting someone new, 48% of people replied that the most memorable feature is the smile. The same survey shows 45% believe their smile will remain attractive regardless of age (1).
Your smile is your greatest asset. Having straight teeth contributes to a great smile. Crooked teeth, also known as malocclusion may affect your smile. Some studies even link malocclusion to lower self-esteem (2,3). More importantly, it can increase your risk of decay and gum disease as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean.