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Crooked Teeth
Crooked Teeth Treatment

Crooked teeth: causes and treatment

The size and position of the teeth and jaws are affected by factors. For this reason, they can be crooked, crowded, or protruding. This teeth misalignment can be treated and prevented.

Symptoms of crooked teeth

Crooked or crowded teeth are usually seen through your smile. However, they may not be so noticeable if the misalignment occurs at the back of your jaws. They can affect your tooth functioning.

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Causes of crooked teeth

Several factorscausecrowded teeth,and they include:

  • Genetics

Most orthodontic cases like crooked teeth, underbite, overbite are influenced by genetics. Therefore, they cannot be avoided. That is why it is advised that children between the age of 7 and 8 be taken for a special orthodontic assessment. 

These problems can be corrected through early detection.

  • Baby teeth care factor

Baby teeth are vital for determining the placement of future adult teeth. If your child loses a tooth quite early, the adjacent tooth can shift into space and reduce the gap available for the adult teeth to grow.

It is vital to care for your baby’s teeth and treat any dental trauma or tooth loss quickly.

  • Thumb and finger sucking

Thumb and finger sucking after the front teeth have erupted can cause the front teeth to move upward and create an open bite. Though the effects of thumb sucking may not be noticed during early childhood, it shows up when the adult teeth show up.

  • Gum disease

It is important to treat gum diseases early as they can make your tooth loose and change the alignment. This will also affect your bite.

  • Ageing

As we age, the teeth may drift forward and become crowded. This is because the jawbone loses density as we age and changes its shape, thereby encouraging the teeth to become crowded in front of the mouth.

Other causes of crooked teeth include injury and not wearing retainers after aligning your teeth with braces or Invisalign.