What Causes Crooked Teeth?

What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Child with crooked teeth

Crooked teeth occur for a variety of reasons. While they do affect your appearance in some ways, crooked teeth can also lead to dental complications and health problems.

When your teeth grow crooked or when they overlap, cleaning might be difficult. This could increase your risk for cavities, decay and gingivitis. And poor dental health can lead to diabetes and stroke, to name a few conditions.

So it is important to address a misaligned bite as soon as possible.

But not all crooked teeth are the same. Each type will have a corresponding dental solution.

  • Open bite – this is characterised by a gap between the top and bottom teeth, especially at the front row or the incisors.
  • Crowding – this happens when teeth grow too close to each other. This can push teeth out of its normal position.
  • Overbite – this is when the upper teeth (maxillary teeth) push far too forward in the mouth.
  • Underbite – this is when the lower teeth (mandibular teeth) are tucked deeper within the mouth.
  • Crossbite – this happens when either maxillary or mandibular teeth grow closer to the cheek or the tongue.
  • Overjet – this is when the incisors grow at an outward angle.
  • Abnormal eruption – this is when tooth develops in front of the roots of other teeth.

Possible Causes

Some people develop crooked teeth at an early age. Others may inherit their crooked grin. In some instances, accidents that lead to mouth injury can cause crooked teeth.

Below is a short list of the most common reasons behind a misaligned bite:

Diet in childhood – When a child’s diet is limited to soft food, the jaw might not be able to elongate. A great balance between soft and hard food is essential for young children because this is when the jaw starts to develop.

Thumb-sucking and similar habits – The jaw has a very strong bite, even in children. When kids get the habit of thumb-sucking, they will apply undue force on their jaw and teeth. Prolonged use of feeding bottles and pacifiers can also have a similar effect.

Early extraction of missing teeth – When teeth extraction occurs at an early age, normal teeth positions may be affected.

Tumours in the mouth and other more complicated oral issues may also cause crooked teeth.

Exploring Treatment Options

Here at our dental practice in Walsall, we offer a wide variety of treatment options for malocclusion and other issues with teeth alignment. The treatment you receive will depend on your condition and requirement for teeth straightening.

With The Priory Dental Practice, a patient may choose from conventional braces, either metal or ceramic, or opt for more modern treatment routes.

Our semi-permanent braces only require six months to fix misaligned teeth. If you wish a more discreet option, we also offer Invisalign.

The Priory Dental Practice can correct crooked teeth, and help you regain an attractive smile and achieve better dental health.

For enquiries about our orthodontic treatment options, contact us and schedule a consultation today.


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