Developing crooked adult teeth is common amongst millions of Americans and has been for centuries. Crooked teeth can affect ones self-esteem, cause serious oral complications, and even make pronunciation difficult. Compared to other animal species, humans are one of the few species that suffer from misaligned teeth. Understanding potential causes can help parents take the necessary steps to help their children maintain great oral health.
When parents take their children to the dentist for examinations and discover that their teeth are growing in crooked, their main concern is why. There are many reasons why teeth grow in misaligned, some of which include genetics, deformed jaw structure, lifestyle habits, obstructed airways, and other oral complications.
Some may wonder how genetics play a role in the misaligning of teeth, especially if neither parents suffer from the issue. Because 50 percent of a person’s genetic makeup comes from each parent, sometimes the teeth and jaws do not align correctly. Once a parent notices that their child’s teeth are overcrowding in their mouth, it’s important to have the child examined by a dentist or orthodontist to ensure that the underlying cause is not a serious issue. There are some instances where crooked teeth are a byproduct of more serious complications, such as the upper and lower jaw growing at disproportionate rates.
There are some cases where children develop certain behaviors early on that contribute to crooked teeth. For example, thumb sucking plays a huge role in teeth misalignment, especially if the child continues the habit after their front teeth have erupted. The constant sucking pushes the front teeth forward, resulting in an open-bite. Fortunately, children typically stop the habit by the age of four. If children continue the habit as their adult teeth grow in (which usually occurs at about six or seven years of age) then there’s a large chance their teeth will become crooked.
It’s also very important for parents to ensure their child’s baby teeth are well taken care of since they act as space holders for adult teeth. When children lose their baby teeth too early, other surrounding teeth can drift into the empty space, which decreases the amount of room available for adult teeth to grow in.
Fortunately, crooked teeth can be fixed with braces, Invisalign, oral plates and possibly spacers. It’s important for parents to take children to the dentist as soon as they detect misaligned teeth so that the issue can be corrected early on.
At McBride Dental, we help our patients attain the beautiful smile of their dreams by offering MTM clear aligners for those suffering from crooked teeth. This is a great option for those who do not want traditional braces and would like to align their teeth in half of the time traditional braces take. We also offer other preventative care services, such as thorough examinations to inspect the teeth and catch issues early on before they worsen. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact our office today at (760) 471-1003.