Few are blessed with naturally straight teeth, so don’t be fooled by actors and models who seem to radiate perfection. For most people, crooked teeth are not uncommon and here’s why:
The genetic size of your teeth and jaw and the alignment of your jaw is inherited. Size and space also dictate whether you’ll have crowding issues or bite issues. If you have beautiful large teeth and a tiny jaw, guess what—there will be crowding. So, the size of your mouth relative to your teeth is a large factor.
Okay parents, this one might cost you later. Thumb and finger sucking as well as pacifiers to soothe your infants and toddlers may create issues down the road. The sucking can alter the shape of the mouth and affect how the teeth grow in. Other habits such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, and reverse swallowing can also affect the teeth.
Injury or illness
Trauma to the face is the most common reason for the most severe cases of crooked teeth. The loss of teeth because of a hockey puck or a jaw shift because of a collision can cause the remaining teeth to shift. And quickly. It’s important to seek out orthodontic treatment in these cases immediately as these trauma related incidents are far more serious in terms of how quickly they progress than the slower shifting of teeth caused by genetics, for example.
The health of your baby teeth
You may assume that the baby teeth do not matter since they’ll fall out. That’s not true. If baby teeth fall out prematurely, due to decay or injury, this absence will encourage the permanent teeth to shift as they move into place without proper guidance, creating a host of other—permanent—problems. Oral bacteria can spread from baby teeth to permanent teeth and affect them before they erupt.
King Orthodontics can straighten it out!
The good news is King Orthodontics is here to help. We’ve been creating beautifully straight, model perfect smiles for years. If you or your child in Pittsburgh have crooked teeth, speak with King Orthodontists today to schedule an appointment.