Crooked teeth refer to teeth that are bent or twisted out of shape or out of place. There are several reasons why people's teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. Most often crooked teeth are inherited traits just as the color of the eyes or size of the hands. Other causes are early loss of baby or adult teeth; improper fit of dental treatments like fillings or crowns; gingivitis (gum disease); undue pressure on the teeth and gums; misalignment of the jaw after an injury; tumors of the mouth or jaw; or common oral health problems in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use beyond the age of three, or prolonged use of a bottle.
HOW IS CROOKED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Only a dentist can make the decision if the problem needs treatment. The dentist will search for a few signs: 1.Teeth are abnormally aligned. 2. Difficulty biting or chewing accompanied by discomfort. 3. Difficulties in speech, including a lisp In such cases, the dentist will refer the patient to an orthodontist - a specialist who diagnoses crooked teeth and their treatment. Misaligned jaws are also treatable.
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.