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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

The most common causes of crooked teeth stem specifically from genetics, bad habits, illness or injury or timing. While a 1/3 of these you are born with and there isn’t much besides orthodontic treatment that can fix crooked teeth, the other 2/3 causes are actually preventable and may not result in orthodontic treatment later in life.

Woman Wearing Braces with Overbite

While genetics are something that you are born with, there is as much control with your teeth as there are with the color of your hair and eyes. The dental traits that can lead to crowding of teeth and jaw misalignment are often inherited from our parents. In often cases, crooked teeth are related to the size of an individual’s mouth. With smaller mouths, there is a greater chance of crowded teeth that can cause other teeth to shift and become crooked.

Misaligned jaws can also lead to issues with underbites and overbites or abnormal protrusion which can result in teeth overlapping or extending beyond each other. Other causes of misaligned bites and crooked teeth include; early loss of baby/adult teeth, improper dental restoration, gingivitis, pressure on teeth/gums, misalignment of the jaw after an injury or oral habits as a child such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier beyond the age of 3. Facial traumas such as a jaw or mouth injury can have an affect on moving teeth out of place. Facial traumas are actually the most sever cause of crooked teeth and misaligned jaws.

An individual’s permanent teeth are directly affected by the health of the individual’s baby teeth, which sit directly on top of the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost due to decay, trauma or other factors, the permanent teeth will start shifting when moving upwards. Baby teeth can be seen as small anchors for adult teeth and if a baby tooth is lost prematurely it can directly affect the placement of the permanent teeth, and may often uproot in the wrong location.

Child with Crooked Teeth Before Braces

Whatever the reason to your crooked teeth, the Orthodontics Center of Orange County is happy to help and assist you in your journey to straighter teeth. During your consultation a Dr. will go over all of the different options for braces and together you will find a solution and treatment that works best for your lifestyle. Call now to schedule your consultation, today!

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