What Causes Crooked Teeth

What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Posted on 03/08/2019

What Causes Some People to Have Crooked Teeth?

While some people have naturally straight and beautiful teeth, others need help to achieve a great smile. At Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, we understand that the common problem of crooked teeth can make a child shy and self-conscious, impacting his or her self-esteem and even causing speaking and chewing problems. As a children’s sedation dentist with many years of experience, Dr. Nancy Torres, DDS and her daughter, Dr. Julie Sugar, DMD, can help your child face the world with confidence and an attractive, open smile.

Genetics and Growth

If you have ever wondered why there is such a range of different smiles in people—perhaps even your own family—the answer lies mainly in genetics and the size of your jawline. It boils down to the simple fact that most people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate all of their teeth. Our jaws typically are not long enough to house a full set of 32 teeth, which is why many people need to have wisdom teeth removed. For those with smaller or under-developed jaws, the problem is even worse. As new teeth grow in, those teeth around them must twist or shift sideways to make room.

Food and Habits Play a Role

Foods that you eat may play a role in the appearance of your smile. As your body grows, so does your mouth. Those who eat tougher, chewier foods develop jaws that are stronger and longer, leaving more room for teeth and a more comfortable smile. 

Bad oral habits can also add to the problem. Sucking your thumb or a pacifier for too long a period can cause front teeth to shift angles and leads to having an open bite. Tongue thrusting, or pushing the tongue against the front teeth while swallowing, is another issue that can lead to a bad bite. Both of these bites, along with crossbites, overbites, and underbites, are terms for a specific type of tooth misalignment. 

Contact Our Office Today

Early treatment of these issues typically results in a shorter time spent correcting them, which is why experts recommend your child see a dentist before the age of 7. For a kids’ sedation dentist who can help you spot and treat developing dental problems, you can count on Children’s Dentistry of Stuart. Use our easy online appointment request form to book your next appointment with your favorite Stuart, FL children’s dentist and check out our new patient special. You can also call us at 772-283-1230. We look forward to seeing you!