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You’d probably be surprised to hear that there are lots of different factors to the question of what causes crooked teeth. And while genetics is one of the potential causes of crooked teeth, there are plenty of other reasons. Let’s take a look at what causes, and how to fix crooked teeth.

 

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

It’s possible for baby teeth to start out straight, and become crooked or for them to erupt crooked. Sometimes the baby teeth might begin straight but become crooked as they are too small for the spaces in the mouth.

It’s also possible for lifestyle habits (like thumb or pacifier sucking) to affect the teeth, or for trauma to the teeth to affect how straight they emerge.

 

What Causes Teeth To Become Crooked?

  • A small jaw
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Poor myofunctional habits (such as drinking continually from a bottle or pacifier, mouth breathing, thrusting the tongue 
  • Heredity and genetics
  • Trauma or injury to the face
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Inadequate dental care

How Do You Fix Crooked Teeth?

Orthodontic braces and clear aligners are the most popular ways to straighten crooked teeth. clear aligners are ideal for older patients who feel self-conscious about smile correction, or patients who need mild to moderate correction.

Orthodontic braces can be worn at any age- you are never “too old” to straighten your teeth.

It’s More Than Aesthetics

Remember that straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to decay. Investing in orthodontic braces is an investment in your future dental health and isn’t a matter of vanity.

Regardless of what causes crooked teeth, it’s possible to straighten your teeth and correct a misaligned jaw by following the orthodontic treatment prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist. To find out more, please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9158 6379.