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Common Causes of Crooked Teeth

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Moyer Office
Common Causes of Crooked TeethCrooked teeth can affect how you feel about your smile. It can also increase the risk of gum disease, bad breath, and excess wear of the tooth enamel. The good news is that orthodontic procedures can help to fix crooked teeth. Before you learn cosmetic dentistry for teeth straightening, it is vital to understand the causes of crooked teeth and the impact they can have on your oral health.


Some dental issues run down the family. For instance, if your parents have crooked teeth issues, you will likely experience the problem with permanent teeth despite good oral hygiene. In most cases, this dental issue occurs due to the size of the mouth. A small mouth does not have enough space for the teeth to erupt. This increases the risk of teeth crowding and shifting. A misaligned jaw can also contribute to abnormal protrusions, leading to overbites and underbites. This causes the upper teeth to extend beyond the lower teeth.

Repetitive Childhood Habits

Thumb sucking or the use of a pacifier is a self-soothing technique for babies. While these habits have many benefits, they can result in crooked teeth that can only be noticeable after many years. Repetitive thumb sucking constantly applies pressure on the growing gums, causing the teeth to grow outwards or in the wrong direction. Other habits that lead to teeth crowding or misalignment involve reverse swallowing, tongue thrusting, and breathing through the mouth.


Injury and illness are other causes of crooked teeth. In most cases, facial injury results in the loss of teeth. After some time, the remaining teeth may shift to fill the spaces. In these cases, it is vital to seek professional help since crooked teeth can cause oral complications. Depending on the severity of the dental issues, orthodontic treatment may involve retainers, Invisalign, braces, or surgery. Schedule a consultation with our dentists today to learn more about the causes of crooked teeth.

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