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In a world that seems to be paying more attention to cosmetic considerations than to character, having straight, attractive teeth may actually help your child get ahead. Many adults seek the treatments for exactly the same reasons. Celebrities Tom Cruise and Ashley Judd are among them.

Surveys have shown that having crooked teeth and an unattractive smile can be liabilities both in social interactions and in business dealings. Even if imperfect teeth don't keep your child out of the job market, they may cause self-confidence issues and other personality problems.

It has been estimated that at least 70% of all Americans could benefit, both in looks and in comfort, with orthodontic treatment. If it were necessary to sum up all the arguments in favor of teeth and jaw realignment procedures into one word, that word would be "smile."

The cost of orthodontic treatment ranges from around $2,500 to just under $8,000 according to recent information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Dental Association and by American Chamber of Commerce Research Association. The cost is small in comparison to the lifelong improvement the treatment offers.

Just as with any other professional treatment, you need to be concerned about the credentials and abilities of the person doing the work. It is recommended that you talk to your regular dentist and get a referral to a good orthodontist. You should also check with your local professional board to make sure your chosen orthodontist is certified in that specialty.

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