What Causes Crooked Teeth?

crooked-teethThere are a number of reasons teeth may grow crooked, twisted, or overlapping. People’s mouths are small compared to their teeth, which crowds them, and they shift. Other reasons include the upper and lower jaws of a person being malformed or not the same size. This can result either in overbite, where the upper jaw is excessively protruded or an underbite, where the lower jaw is protruded forward. It can cause the teeth and the lower jaw to extend beyond upper teeth.

Is It Genetic, Or Am I Doing Something Wrong?
As stated above, many times malocclusion is simply genetic. Your jaw is too small for all of your teeth, or you come from a long line of people with crooked teeth. Genetics do play into how your jaw and teeth develop and do effect your orthodontic situation from the very start.

However, there are plenty of things you can do to help avoid orthodontic issues. Be careful playing sports, better yet, wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards can protect you or your child from unintended dental injuries. As these injuries can result in tooth loss, you can help to prevent shifting due to bone deterioration from a missing tooth.

It is also important to stay vigilant about your dental hygiene at home. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can compromise the boney support of your teeth and cause your teeth to shift. This is a common cause of crooked teeth, especially in older adults.

Stop your child’s thumb sucking and pacifier use before it becomes a problem. If there are foreign objects in your child’s mouth while their teeth and jaw are developing, you are setting them up for orthodontic problems long term. Do your best to protect your child from needing braces by ending thumb sucking and pacifier use quickly.

What We Can Do To Help
Our office offers many solutions to your or your child’s orthodontic problems. To learn more about what options are available, call our office to schedule a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation at 203-292-6644.