Misaligned and Crooked Teeth
Having teeth that are misaligned and/or crooked apply to SO many. While we can’t control who gets what teeth, we can control fixing them after they come in (and sometimes before). There are several reasons that a person may have these issues; their mouths are to small for their teeth, which leads to crowding and shifting. Sometimes a person’s upper and lower jaws are not the same size or they are not formed correctly. This leads to an overbite or under bite. An overbite is when the upper jaw protrudes far past the bottom teeth and an under bite is when the lower jaw protrudes forward past the upper jaw. In either case, the teeth do not line up and extend past each other.
Sadly, most often crooked teeth, over bites and under bites are inherited, just like you would inherit eye color. There are cases of course that have nothing to do with genes, but maybe an early loss of baby or adult teeth, improper fitting fillings or crowns, gingivitis, pressure on the teeth and gums, injury to the jaw, and tumors in the mouth or jaw. Crooked or misaligned teeth are often seen also in children who thumb suck, use pacifiers, or use a bottle past the age of three. Crooked Teeth Linwood NJ 08221
So what problems can you expect with crooked or misaligned teeth/bites? Chewing properly is a huge factor and interference, also not being able to bite into certain items (apples, corn, etc). Keeping the teeth properly cleaned can be challenging, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. The teeth, jaws, and muscles can become strained. This increases the risk of possible tooth breakage. And of course, having crooked and misaligned teeth can affect self-esteem, often making a person feel self-conscious about their appearance. Crooked Teeth Linwood NJ 08221