Why are crooked teeth a dental problem?
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.
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:
- 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?
Get an exam, diagnosis, and custom treatment plan
Begin treatment and learn how to correct related bad habits.
Common treatments include:
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?
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?
- Lip biting and sucking
- Habitually breathing from the mouth
- Thumb Sucking
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Our Liberty office
Kansas City, MO 64157
Jackson Family Dental is conveniently located right off of Route 152. Enjoy our spa-like atmosphere and family-friendly approach. We look forward to seeing you!