Misaligned or crooked teeth can occur if a the jaws of the person are not the same size or if baby teeth or temporary teeth fall out to quickly. Other reasons for misaligned teeth could be gum disease or thumb sucking or use of a feeding bottle after 3 years of age. In addition to making the person feel self conscious misaligned teeth can cause problems chewing food, increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
HOW IS MISALIGNED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis would be done via an X-ray by the dentist who would also check your jawline and teeth history, especially early stages of life.
HOW IS MISALIGNED TEETH TREATED?
Treatment of the condition involves various corrective measures such as use of braces, removal of teeth in case of overcrowded teeth, reshaping, bonding or capping of teeth. There may be a surgery needed to shorten the jaw in case of need or there could be wires or plates placed to stabilize the jaw.
DID YOU KNOW?
Problems with teeth alignment are easier, quicker, and less expensive to treat when they are corrected early. Treatment is works best in children and adolescents because the bone is still soft and teeth are moved more easily. Treatment may last 6 months to 2 or more years. The time will depend on how much correction is needed. Treatment of orthodontic disorders in adults is often successful, but may require longer use of braces or other devices.