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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Crooked Teeth?

Misaligned, crooked teeth are very common among adults and children. Teeth that are not perfectly aligned are distinctive to you and can enrich the personality and charm of your smile. However, if you are not happy with your teeth’s appearance or if they cause health or speech issues, you can consider teeth alignment. Actually, what causes crooked teeth? Let’s see…  

  • Jaw Size:

The soft and processed food that most people consume today requires less chewing. This has changed our jaw size, making it smaller than our early ancestors’. Scientists believe that our shorter jaw may be responsible for crooked teeth. 

  • Bad Myofunctional Habits:

Myo-functional habits such as tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, pacifier or bottle use can affect the muscles of our mouth, leading to crooked teeth.

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  • Misaligned Jaw:

Your upper teeth should fit over your lower teeth. When this alignment does not occur, it leads to common misalignments such as under-bite and overbite. Poor myofunctional habits can result in misaligned or crooked teeth. 

  • Heredity & Genetics:

Genes play a vital role in the formation of crooked teeth. If your parents have crooked or crowded teeth, you are more likely to have them. You may even also inherit an under bite or overbite from your parents.

  • Poor Nutrition & Dental Care:

While poor nutrition leads to poor dental development, poor dental care can cause oral problems such as gum diseases and cavities. These are potential cursors to crooked teeth. 

  • Facial Injury:

A hit to your mouth or face can knock your teeth out of place. This can result in one or more crooked teeth. 

Health Issues Caused By Crooked Teeth:

Crooked teeth can affect the quality of your life and cause the following health issues

  • Periodontal disease
  • Chewing and digestion problems
  • Excess wear on the teeth and jaw strain
  • Speech difficulties
  • Affect physical appearance

If you don’t want to get into such oral health problems, you should have your crooked teeth aligned. Greenwood Plenty Dental Care, a leading dental clinic Bundoora, offers a wide range of treatment options for crooked teeth. Our dentist Bundoora will evaluate your teeth’s condition and come up with the best treatment procedure for you. For more details on other dental treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, root canal treatments, crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures, give us a call on (03) 9466 7843.