What Causes Crooked Teeth?

What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Posted on 02/21/2021
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HKCrooked teeth can be the result of many different things. Maybe your mouth is too small for your teeth, which crowds the teeth, causing them to shift. Perhaps your upper or lower jaws aren’t the same size, which can cause an overbite, where the front teeth protrude out further than the lower teeth, or an underbite, where the lower teeth protrude out further than the upper teeth.

Crooked teeth may be an inherited trait, or it can be the result of:

  • An early loss of baby or adult teeth.
  • Improper fit of dental restorations, such as a filling or crowns
  • Gingivitis or gum disease.
  • Pressure on the teeth and gums from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw.
  • Jaw misalignment from an injury.
  • Tumors in the mouth or jaw.
  • Typical oral health issues in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use beyond the age of three, or prolonged use of a bottle.

The Problems Crooked Teeth Can Cause

If crooked teeth and misaligned bites aren’t treated, they can:

  • Interfere with proper chewing.
  • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis.
  • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.
  • Make people feel self-conscious about their appearance.

How Crooked Teeth Are Treated in Stillwater and Woodbury

After a thorough exam, your Stillwater or Woodbury orthodontist will recommend the best treatment plan based on your specific orthodontic issues. Treatment options range from early to adult treatment and could include braces or Invisalign, depending on which is appropriate for your situation. Younger patients often also require orthodontic appliances prior to braces, such as a palate expander to widen the upper jaw.

Visit Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics in Stillwater and Woodbury Today!

If you are ready to correct your crooked teeth, contact us today! Both adults and children can benefit greatly from orthodontic treatment from our experts at Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics. You can also quickly request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!