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Crooked teeth and resultant misaligned bites may be caused due to a variety of reasons. This is usually characterised by a protruding tooth or growth on the upper jaw or in the under bit area. It may also cause the lower jaw to jut out. This may be an inherited condition or may happen when a child loses teeth too early.
HOW IS CROOKED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
The orthodontist or dentist will usually conduct dental X rays and take pictures of your face from different angles, so as to show the positioning of the teeth. Panoramic X rays and Cephalometrics can also help in diagnosis. The doctor will also take impressions of your teeth for better diagnosis.
HOW IS CROOKED TEETH TREATED?
The treatment begins with an orthodontist taking x-rays, photographs and teeth impressions to determine the course of treatment. In some cases, a removable retainer is all that is needed while for other people, removal of a few teeth may be essential to treat the overcrowding of teeth and make space for the present teeth. Braces are almost always necessary.
DID YOU KNOW?
When left untreated, crooked teeth can often lead to periodontal disease and premature wear on your enamel. Periodontal disease may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. Straighter teeth and a proper bite can help you avoid these negative effects on your health.