Crooked Teeth: The Straight Truth

Crooked or misaligned teeth are a common occurrence in both children and adults, and it's caused by multiple reasons. It usually creates a sense of insecurity and shakes your self-confidence, especially for young adults and teenagers, which brings us to these two main questions;

“Can we prevent crooked teeth from occurring? and is there an effective way to fix them ?”

Today we will go through some of the most common causes of crooked and misaligned teeth.

There are a few given factors that contribute to the possibility of having crooked teeth, and they include:

Genetics

Genetics plays a vital role; according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, crooked teeth are often hereditary. For example, if you inherit large teeth from your father and a small jaw from your mother, your teeth may become crooked as a result of the size discrepancy creating teeth overcrowding or improper bite patterns which are direct reasons for crooked teeth.

Congenital defects

Sometimes, crooked teeth are congenital (from birth), such as malocclusions arising from a congenital cleft lip or cleft palate. Other times, crooked teeth arise from problems occurring during tooth development or tooth eruption. The position of the tooth germ (from where the tooth arises) may be abnormal, ultimately affecting its path of eruption and leading to crooked teeth.

Furthermore, there could be other reasons like premature loss of primary teeth, early shedding, or late shedding of milk teeth, which messes up the sequence of eruption of permanent teeth. In case of early shedding, adjacent teeth tend to migrate into the space left in the dental arch before the permanent tooth erupts. In case of late shedding, a mixed set of both milk teeth and permanent teeth are present in the dental arch. Thus, it leads to crowding and crooked teeth, as the dental arch does not have enough space to accommodate all the teeth

Tooth loss with age

Losing teeth as we age counts as a great risk, so when a tooth falls out or is extracted, the open space gives neighboring teeth somewhere to shift and move which can cause gaps and crooked teeth.

Childhood habits

Crooked teeth can also result from childhood habits: such as thumb-sucking, prolonged bottle feeding, tongue thrusting, or using a pacifier beyond the age of three. These habits contribute to improper positioning of the teeth, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The best way to prevent such habits is to pay close attention to the feeding routine of the baby, especially in the teething stage when teeth are about to erupt and infants feel a need to rub their gums. It's also important to seek medical help and advice if such behaviours prolong like tongue thrusting, teeth grinding, and thumb sucking as they might be related to other medical problems. Nail-biting, teeth grinding, chewing on pens and pencils, or excessive mouth breathing during sports or while sleeping, can also cause your teeth to get misaligned due to the constant pressure on them. 

Accidents and traumas

Facial injury and traumas related to the mouth and jawline area can cause crooked or misaligned teeth. Any direct or indirect injury from a fall or blunt trauma to the face can misalign the teeth

What Can I do to Prevent it from Happening?

If you don't have crooked teeth but have some oral habits, you are due for a habit check. In addition, you should be mindful of other underlying medical issues that increase anxiety, and stress as these can trigger oral habits.

The Best Option You Can Go For

Clear aligners are a great option for people with crooked teeth, especially teens and young adults, who have aesthetic concerns about getting traditional braces. 

Clear aligners can treat amost all types of crooked teeth or malocclusions, provided your teeth and gums are strong enough (i.e. not periodontally compromised). They tend to give the best experience and results, especially when compared to traditional metal braces.

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