Dental Health With Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites

People have multiple reasons for growing crooked, twisted and overlapping teeth. Some people have overcrowded teeth due to having a small mouth, causing them to shift. Also, the upper and lower jaws can be of different sizes or malformed, which can lead to an overbite.

In many cases, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth can be inherited traits due to genetics. Other reasons for a misaligned bite can be due to early loss of baby teeth, improper fitment of dental restoration, gum disease, misaligned jaw due to an injury and many other childhood habits.

Problems caused by crooked teeth and misaligned bites?

Some of the issues related to crooked teeth and misaligned bites include:

  • Interference with proper chewing.
  • Making it difficult to maintain good dental and oral hygiene practices and increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities.
  • Straining the jaws, teeth and the connective muscle, as a result of this increase the risk of damaging or breaking a tooth.
  • Making you self-conscious about your appearance and this can affect your self-esteem.

How to know if your tooth is crooked or your bite is misaligned?

Detecting crooked teeth or misaligned bite yourself can be difficult. However, here are some signs your dentist will look for:

  • Abnormality in your teeth alignment.
  • Abnormality in the appearance of your face.
  • Discomfort or difficulty during biting and chewing.
  • Speech impairments, such as a lisp.

Your dentist will generally refer you to an orthodontist for further treatment.

What can you expect from the Orthodontist?

Your orthodontist will first take some photographs and X-rays of your face and dental impressions towards determining what treatment will be suitable for your teeth.

Depending upon the nature of your overbite and crooked teeth, your orthodontist will recommend you a removable retainer, remove one or more teeth in the case of overcrowding or recommend you braces. In rare cases, an operation might also be required.

To know more about treating your crooked teeth and misaligned bite, schedule an appointment with Drs. Rubernstein and Ducoff.

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