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Today, crooked teeth are common problems among people. We can observe them in many kids and adults. Sometimes, misaligned teeth can cause health issues like speech problems. It is important for people to know that misaligned teeth can be straightened with several dental procedures, and they should not be unhappy with their condition. Visit this page to learn more about straightening misaligned teeth. 

Misaligned teeth- Causes and treatment

The baby teeth and the permanent teeth both can grow misaligned or can become misaligned. Sometimes, the baby teeth can become misaligned because they do not get enough space to fit in. Below are some causes of misaligned teeth. 

  1. Genetics: In many cases, misaligned teeth are inherited from parents. This can include jaw and tooth size and shape and other structural factors.
  1. Childhood habits: Habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, and pacifier use beyond the recommended age can cause misaligned teeth.
  1. Premature tooth loss: If a baby tooth is lost too early, the adjacent teeth may shift and cause misalignment when the permanent teeth come in.
  1. Mouth breathing: Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can cause changes in the growth and alignment of the teeth and jaws.
  1. Injury: Trauma to the face or jaw can cause misalignment of the teeth.
  1. Improper dental work: Poorly fitting dental restorations or orthodontic appliances can cause misaligned teeth.
  1. Aging: As we age, changes in the structure of the jaw and teeth can cause misalignment.

Misaligned teeth can be treated by several dental procedures.

  1. Braces

Braces are the most common treatment for misaligned teeth. it consists of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth and adjusted periodically to move the teeth into the correct position gradually.

  1. Aligners

Clear aligners like Invisalign are another option for straightening misaligned teeth. These removable plastic trays are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually move them into the desired position.

  1. Retainers

After braces or aligner treatment, retainers are often used to help maintain the new alignment of the teeth. These custom-made devices fit over the teeth and keep them in place.

  1. Jaw surgery

In cases of severe misalignment or jaw deformities, jaw surgery may be necessary to correct the issue. This type of treatment is usually done in conjunction with braces or other orthodontic treatments.

  1. Dental veneers

In some cases, dental veneers can be used to improve the appearance of misaligned teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front of the teeth to improve their shape and color.