What causes crooked teeth, and what you can do about it
A classic smile with a set of thirty-two perfectly straight teeth is an ideal we all hope for. But, the truth is, most of us have at least a few teeth that are cooked or misaligned, which is referred to as maloccluded. The good news is that our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. has more options than ever to produce a smile that not only looks great but feels and functions well, too.
Traditional metal braces are still among our treatments, and there are also ceramic braces that are less noticeable, and lingual braces that are actually placed behind the teeth and out of sight. Clear, removable aligners have become increasingly popular recently. Our experienced orthodontic team will guide you in selecting the best treatment option for your needs.
Why do adult teeth come in unevenly? There are many reasons, including genetics, the shape and development of the jaw, and some oral habits. Gum disease can cause teeth to loosen, which can affect their alignment and your bite. Aging also comes into play, causing teeth to become crowded as the jawbone loses density and changes shape. A traumatic facial injury, especially to an athlete who didn’t wear a mouth guard, can affect the position of the teeth and jaw, and even damage the gums. Failing to wear a dental retainer after orthodontic treatment, or to skip regular dental checkups where conditions altering your smile can be spotted early, are other factors. For babies, some common oral habits like thumb-sucking and even pacifier use can push the front teeth forward.
Crooked teeth may be a common occurrence, but there are more ways than ever to comfortably reposition them. Our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. wants to work with you to achieve the healthy, radiant, long-lasting smile you have always desired. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to arrange an appointment.