In addition to being a cosmetic issue, teeth that are crooked can cause serious complications and long-term health problems if they are left untreated. Fortunately, there are solutions for both children and adults who are affected by crooked teeth. With treatment, patients can enjoy straight, healthy teeth and a more attractive smile.
Causes of Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth may be caused by a variety of factors. Most commonly, the teeth become crooked during childhood as baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent, adult teeth. Because they grow in one by one and are affected by other teeth in the mouth, these permanent teeth are often crooked from the outset. This also occurs with tooth loss as the remaining teeth shift to fill the gap.
Problems Associated with Crooked Teeth
Properly aligned teeth provide support for each other and for the entire mouth, making normal daily activities, such as eating and speaking, possible. Crooked teeth, however, do not provide sufficient support and can cause jaw and muscle strain, leaving the mouth vulnerable to injury. People who have crooked teeth may also suffer from tooth pain or sensitivity and may be at an increased risk for tooth decay and gingivitis.
Straightening Crooked Teeth
Patients with crooked teeth now have an alternative to lengthy orthodontic treatment. If crooked teeth are purely a cosmetic concern, many dentists offer veneers or bonding to correct crooked teeth. Both treatments offer a smooth, even, and properly aligned appearance.
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