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Some people are born with crooked teeth, a trait that often leads to a lifetime of dental problems. In addition, crooked teeth can often make people self-conscious about their smiles. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help straighten teeth and improve dental health.
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Crooked teeth can be quite noticeable, and some people may feel self-conscious about their appearance. This can lead to social avoidance and a loss of confidence.
In addition, misaligned teeth can affect your ability to chew properly. They can cause pain and discomfort every time you eat. In severe cases, misaligned teeth can even cause difficulty speaking clearly.
Common Causes of Crooked Teeth
- Crooked teeth can be hereditary. If your parents have crooked teeth, you are more likely to have crooked teeth, too.
- Sometimes, crooked teeth are due to the size of the jaw, which can also be genetic. Too small a jaw can cause your teeth to crowd together or grow in at an angle.
- Early loss of baby tooth can lead to crooked teeth, as permanent teeth may begin to shift into the gaps left behind by their predecessors.
- Bad myofunctional habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can also cause teeth to come in crooked.
Dental Services that Can Address Crooked Teeth
Crowns cover your entire tooth and can be used to cap or cover the crooked teeth to give them a straighter appearance.
Clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, making them a convenient and discreet alternative to braces.
Frequently Asked Questions about Crooked Teeth
Although some people view crooked teeth as simply a cosmetic issue, the truth is that they can actually lead to some serious health problems. When teeth are severely crowded or misaligned, they’re much harder to clean effectively. They can also affect chewing, which can lead to digestive difficulties. In addition, crooked teeth can cause jaw pain and headaches.
- Periodontal disease can occur because crooked teeth are challenging to clean, and bacteria can accumulate in the spaces between the teeth and gums. This bacteria can lead to inflammation, infection of the gums, and tooth loss.
- Excessive wear and tear can occur when the teeth are not properly aligned. It can potentially cause chipped or broken teeth or gum recession.
- Muscle strain can occur when the jaw muscles work harder to chew food properly. It can cause pain and stiffness in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.
If your crooked teeth are causing pain or making it difficult to eat or speak, it’s time to seek treatment. In addition, if you’re unhappy with how your teeth look, that can also be a sign that it’s time to seek dental treatment. If you’re unsure whether you need treatment for your crooked teeth, please schedule a consultation at AP Dental so we can discuss your options.
Get a Smile that Stands Out
At AP Dental, we are proud to offer a wide range of dental services to meet the needs of our patients. From professional cleanings and dental fillings to more complex procedures, we are here to help you maintain a brighter, healthier smile. Book your appointment today and see the difference our team can make.