Teeth that are healthy and straight are the goal of every person. But, sometimes, because of diet, heredity, or other causes, teeth are not aligned correctly or are crooked, twisted, or overlapping.
Having misaligned teeth can make eating and chewing harder and can affect the way a person looks or perceives themselves. In this world of medical advances, there are several ways to correct the location and orientation of a person's teeth for a more attractive look and better function.
Why Do People Have Crooked or Misaligned Teeth?
There are at least five causes for a person having crooked or misaligned teeth. Dental Services can be sought to determine the cause of crooked teeth or misaligned teeth and come up with the best treatment plan to correct this situation. Reasons for crooked or misaligned teeth include:
1. Heredity is a major cause of malocclusion or misalignment of teeth. Genes passed down through our ancestors and parents can be responsible for things like overbites, underbites, jaw size, crooked teeth, or crowded teeth. A person can inherit jaws that do not align correctly because of being different sizes or being malformed in some way.
2. The size of a person's jaw can cause crowding of teeth. Modern eating habits and diet changes may be contributing to smaller jaw size and more people with crowded, misaligned, or crooked teeth.
3. Poor habits starting in infancy. These myofunctional habits are repeated behaviors that can affect the muscles and other parts of the mouth and face. These bad habits include thumb sucking, incorrect bottle or pacifier use, mouth breathing, and tongue thrusting.
4. Lifestyle and infant and child care are also responsible for dental problems. Poor diet and nutrition lead to tooth decay, poor dental development, and crooked teeth. When parents neglect their children's dental health and do not take them for periodic dental exams, dental problems go untreated and can lead to crooked teeth and dental health issues.
5. Injury, ill-fitting dental fillings or appliances, or medical problems can all contribute to crooked or misaligned teeth. Fractured jaws that do not heal correctly, tumors in the mouth and jaw, untreated gum disease, smoking, and other issues can lead to crooked or misaligned teeth.
Why is it Important to Straighten Teeth?
Crooked or misaligned teeth affect a person's life in so many negative ways that if possible, the teeth should be straightened. This is an expensive process that may not be possible for those without dental insurance or adequate finances. But, crooked teeth affect a person's self-image and can make them self-conscious.
Misaligned and crooked teeth can also affect a person's health by making chewing difficult, causing more cavities to develop, speech problems, and excessive wear on crooked teeth.
How Can Crooked or Misaligned Teeth be Straightened?
Crooked or misaligned teeth can be corrected in several ways. Dental professionals can use fixed metal braces, ceramic braces, invisible braces, lingual braces on the side of teeth facing the tongue, or teeth-straightening surgery. A dentist should be consulted about ways to correct the placement of teeth.
The different forms of braces and surgeries can cost from $3,000.00 and up. The degree of deformity and the patient's budget play parts in the treatment decision. The patient may need to seek financial assistance for this treatment. The dentist may be able to help finance the treatment with a payment plan or another financing option.
The treatment must be the correct one for the dental problem and the patient must follow the dentist's directions for every treatment type for the best results. But, the beautiful smile and easier chewing of food will make the process well worth it.