What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth and misaligned teeth, can be passed down through genetics. In other cases, crooked and misaligned teeth may be caused by premature loss of the baby or permanent teeth, improper jaw development, nasal airway obstruction, thumb sucking, tongue posture or placement, pacifier use, and lip placement.
Can Crooked Teeth Be Prevented?
In some cases, crooked teeth can be prevented; in other cases, they cannot. For instance, if crooked teeth are the results of genetics, there is very little that can be done to avoid their development. However, there are measures we can take to correct them.
Certain oral behaviors and habits, such as thumb sucking, can increase the risk of crooked teeth. These habits and behaviors begin from a young age, so there are steps you can take to prevent crooked teeth.
Visiting the dentist regularly from a young age can help your dentist identify your child’s risk for malocclusion. Early intervention may help prevent crooked teeth in the future.
Establishing dental care with a trusted dentist like Dr. Moore allows our team to monitor your child’s smile as they age. Our team can take the necessary actions to help improve the alignment, health, and condition of your child’s smile.
The Importance of Treating Crooked Teeth
When crooked and misaligned teeth are left untreated, it can affect your dental health. In addition, crooked teeth can:
- Increase the difficulty of cleaning your teeth and gums. This may increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Affect your self-confidence.
- Interfere with your ability to chew.
- Adds stress to the teeth, joints, and muscles, which increases the likelihood of tooth and jaw damage.
Finding the best solution to address crooked teeth can help restore balance and symmetry to your smile. There is a wide range of treatment options available to address crooked teeth.
Dr. Moore and our team at the Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry can assess your needs and recommend the best form of treatment for you.
How To Treat Crooked Teeth
The first step to treated crooked or misaligned teeth is undergoing a routine dental evaluation. During the dental evaluation, we can asses the condition and placement of the teeth, jaw, and joints. We may check for signs of an abnormal bite, difficulty chewing, abnormal alignment of the teeth, and tooth damage.
With the results from your dental evaluation, we can determine the underlying cause of your crooked teeth and build a personalized treatment plan to realign your teeth.
Once a diagnosis is made, we can recommend the best solution for you.
Treatment for crooked teeth may include one or more of the following:
- In the case of overcrowding, tooth extraction may be deemed necessary
For patients who are seeking an alternative to traditional metal braces, we offer Invisalign in our Charlotte dentist office. Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable way to straighten crooked teeth with metal brackets or wires. In many cases, it is ideal for teen and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
Crooked Teeth FAQs
Can crooked teeth straighten out on their own?
In some cases when young patients are lucky their teeth may seem to be coming in misaligned, and as they continue to grow they correct their alignment.
In many cases it is easiest to treat misaligned teeth for younger teeth, because their jaw responds quicker to treatment, but in some cases it is best to wait out a patient’s smile until all of their teeth have fully come in. This gives teeth time to straighten themselves naturally.
Can Invisalign fix very crooked teeth?
Invisalign can fix extremely crooked teeth. It is better at straightening more extreme misaligned bites than braces. Brackets that are used in braces treatment can be difficult to position when teeth are extremely crooked. Invisalign allows multiple phases, and is molded exactly to each patient’s bite to progressively shift their teeth into alignment.
Who is not eligible for Invisalign?
Anyone with a crooked bite is eligible to try Invisalign treatment. Patients who think they would struggle to wear their aligners consistently 22 hours per day may be discouraged from Invisalign and pushed towards an orthodontic treatment that is not removable.
Patients who have a hard time keeping their belongings in place, and staying organized may also be discouraged from Invisalign. One of the most reported issues patients report with Invisalign is that they have lost or misplaced their aligners.
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Dr. Moore is a highly skilled dentist who is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality dental care. If you are seeking solutions for crooked teeth in Charlotte, NC, visit the Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry.