crooked teeth dentist 
in Liberty, MO

why are crooked teeth a dental problem?

The term “crooked teeth” refers to any instance in which a person’s teeth are not aligned the way they should be. This may look like overcrowding of teeth, the presence of extra teeth, lost teeth (from accidents or injuries), or one of many other issues.

For the most part, crooked teeth are not a dental problem in and of themselves. But while crooked, misaligned teeth are quite common in both adults and children, they may be the cause of a number of health issues.

Teeth misalignment may affect your ability to chew properly, causing pain during meals, and chronic digestive issues. 

Periodontal disease may also result from crooked teeth, stemming from hard-to-clean areas between crooked teeth, and leading to bone and teeth damage in the mouth. 

Finally, speech difficulties and “imperfect” smiles may lower a person’s self-esteem, leading to unhappiness over their misaligned teeth. 

At Jackson Family Dental, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to correct crooked teeth and help you achieve that beautiful, healthy smile.

what causes
crooked teeth?

Perfect teeth, with the upper set fitting correctly over the lower and the individual teeth spaced properly, are rare. No two sets of teeth are exactly alike. And when you think about it, teeth that are not perfectly aligned add personality, uniqueness, and charm to your smile.

That being said, knowing how and why your teeth are crooked may reveal specific solutions to your unique dental problem.

Factors that contribute to crooked teeth include:

  • Genetics
  • Birth Defects
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Poor Dental Care
  • Facial Injury

We will discuss possible causes for your crooked teeth with you as we work together toward a long-lasting solution for your dental health.

when to consult a dentist about crooked teeth

Crooked teeth are not a serious problem in themselves. But if you find yourself struggling with the following symptoms, it may be time to visit your dentist:

  • Loss of ability to chew properly
  • Oral pain during meals(due to abnormal chewing patterns)
  • Cavities surfacing in hard-to-clean areas between crooked teeth
  • Bone and teeth damage in the mouth
  • Speech difficulties
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • A tendency to “hide your smile” because it’s imperfect

Not sure if your teeth need straightening? That’s what we’re here for. Give us a call at (816) 429-5799.

what’s the process for
correcting crooked teeth?

Step 2

Get an exam, diagnosis, and custom treatment plan

Step 3

Begin treatment and learn how to correct related bad habits.

Common treatments for crooked teeth vary depending on the severity of the crookedness.

common treatments


dental bondings and fillings


Your treatment plan depends on your diagnosis. It’s important to get a professional diagnosis so you can find the right solution!

common questions
about crooked teeth treatments


What is a veneer, and how does it work?

Veneers are durable and custom-made porcelain shells for your teeth. These thin, natural-colored shells effectively protect your teeth from stains, cracks, and chips. Porcelain veneers are one of the quickest ways to improve your smile without using braces.

Here at Jackson Family Dental, we like to refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” — they’re a fast, simple way to align and perfect your teeth.

Veneers help with:

  • Spaces and gaps between the teeth
  • Uneven or crooked teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Severely discolored teeth

How do you prevent crooked teeth?

Some of the factors contributing to teeth misalignment are not within our control, such as genetics. However, there are several habits you would want to keep an eye out for and avoid:

  • Lip biting and sucking
  • Habitually breathing from the mouth
  • Thumb Sucking

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— Amber S.

They always treat me so well, and pamper me with a warm neck pillow and the massaging chair! It definitely takes the stress away, but the hygienists are so excellent at what they do, and Dr. Jackson is very kind.

— Kathy B.

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— Jordan F.

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