Crooked Teeth: All you need to know (Concerns, Treatment, and Causes)
Crooked teeth are a common teeth problem, not remotely peculiar to any race or gender. It is simply a condition where a tooth or a number of teeth are not well-positioned in the mouth. Not seen as a troubling oral health disease, a lot of people living with the condition may have never considered treatment. This is pointed towards negligence.
Do you know that having crooked teeth could lead you to other oral problems asides from stealing your confidence? You deserve that perfect smile and a cheerful spirit. It is time you considered crooked teeth an enemy and won over them.
Right before you make that decision of winning over those crooked teeth, here are certain things to know about them; causes, treatment and concerns. However, if you are satisfied with the knowledge already gathered, take this smile assessment test and speak to one of our dentists.
What Really Makes My Tooth Crooked?
We know that you have imagined whether it is a habit you practiced while as a child or maybe you had taken your looks from your parents or ancestors that have positioned your jaw that way. Let’s take a look at a possible long list:
There are tendencies that the shape and the position of your teeth is influenced by genetics. However, you shouldn’t pull the blames on anyone. It is also respectful to consider that they have no control over genetic factors. However, if you need to speak to a dentist for clarity, kindly click here.
- Poor myofunctional habits
Myofunctional habits are repetitive behaviours that affect the muscles or functions of your face when you overindulge them, usually during childhood. These include tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, pacifier use, and thumb sucking. Tongue thrusting surely pushes your teeth out gently, which, over time, causes you to have crooked teeth. Thumb sucking and extended use of a pacifier both have the same effect.
- Poor dental care
You can develop gum disease if you do not have your teeth checked at the dentist’s at least once a year. This gum disease can lead to crooked teeth.
- Misaligned jaw (Malocclusion)
A misaligned jaw means your upper teeth are not fitting slightly over your lower teeth. Common misalignments of this type are overbite and underbite. If you have an overbite, that means your upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth, and vice-versa for underbite. You could take our smile assessment test to know what type of alignment you have.
- Trauma to the mouth
If you suffer a hit to the mouth, the blunt force of the blow will most likely affect one or more teeth in your mouth. This might lead to crooked teeth.
Concerns About Crooked Teeth
Leaving crooked teeth untreated is a bad idea because there are some serious complications that will cost you good health, peace of mind, and of course, money. The following are the issues that may arise, should you leave your crooked teeth untreated.
- Periodontal disease
Due to the bad positioning of the crooked teeth, it is normal for food to get stuck in between the teeth. This can cause you tooth decay and gum disease, which, if left untreated, leads to Periodontitis, a more serious disease that damages the teeth and bones. Read this article to know more about periodontal disease.
- Speech difficulties
Misaligned teeth can affect the way you make certain sounds with your tongue against the teeth.
- Digestion problems
When you have misaligned teeth, you can’t chew food properly, and this results in indigestion.
- Excess wear
Misaligned teeth cause extra stress for your jaw muscles and gums. This inevitably results in strain, and sometimes, cracked teeth.
Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to know that your self-esteem takes a plunge when you have misaligned teeth. It impacts on your outward appearance negatively.
Treatment for Crooked Teeth
Having mentioned all this, it is certainly advised that you avoid living with a crooked smile. It doesn’t only steal your confidence but expose you to other problems that could affect your general health as a whole.
We created AlignIT; a pair of custom made in Nigeria clear aligners to help you straighten those teeth. AlignIT is affordable and transparent. Unlike metallic braces, no one would notice you are wearing an appliance. Do you have more questions about AlignIT or you would love to book your appointment? Kindly call us on +2348107337585 or send a mail to email@example.com