What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Setting Things Straight About the Causes of Misaligned Teeth

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The skilled team at ARCH Orthodontics understands that mouths and teeth come in all shapes and sizes. There are a number of reasons why teeth may grow crooked, twisted, gapped, or overlapped.

In all reality, our mouths are actually small compared to our teeth. This leaves more people prone to crowding and shifting. Sometimes our jaw is even to blame due to malformation. When this happens, you’ll notice overbites and underbites can occur. In both of these cases, the jaw is misaligned and can cause teeth to extend or protrude.

At ARCH Orthodontics, we’ve helped straighten many different smiles over decades of being helping patients. We only use the latest technology and proven techniques, provided by some very fun, yet highly skilled doctors to make teeth healthy and straight.

Let’s look at the common causes of crooked teeth. (Trust us — there are a lot.) Do you see anything that might be affecting your smile?

Common Reasons For Teeth Irregularities

  • Genetics — the most frequent cause of overbites, underbites, and crooked smiles is unavoidable
  • Mouth and jaw shape is probably the biggest reason because smaller mouths tend to have less room for healthy teeth to thrive
  • Earlier than usual loss of adult or baby teeth
  • Dental restorations that don’t fit properly
  • Gingivitis and other gum or teeth irritations
  • Oral injury
  • Unhealthy habits such as thumb sucking, pacifier use, tongue thrusting, and prolonged bottle feeding

If you or someone you know has trouble with crooked teeth, then you know there can be complications due to misalignments. Everything from discomfort while chewing to an increase in disease such as gingivitis, cavities, and decay is possible. One of the biggest, most common complaints we hear from patients is the effect uneven teeth have on confidence and self-esteem.

Talk To Us, We’re Here To Help

ARCH Orthodontics is a trusted name in the greater Boston area for straight, healthy smiles. Let’s get together for a consultation and see what plan of action would be a good fit for your smile and your budget. We provide patients treatment options ranging from retainers, traditional metal braces, surgical orthodontics, and dentofacial orthopedics. We are trained to do it all!