Causes of Misaligned Teeth

January 24, 2014 by Frost Orthodontics

Because there is so many factors involved with the alignment of teeth, there are many different reasons why they can become misaligned. We will look at just a few of the main causes here, but you can always ask us if you need more information about causes and treatment options for misaligned teeth.

Teeth

Of course, how the teeth themselves grow in and move will affect how they end up aligning with one another. Teeth can start out or become too crowded, too spaced apart, they can erupt (grow in) at an angle, or they can even erupt in an unusual place.

All of these possibilities can cause discomfort or at worst, they can cause teeth to function improperly. The good news is they can all be corrected through orthodontics, including braces or Invisalign.

Jaw

The natural position or alignment of the jaw can cause teeth to be misaligned. Jaw problems can also be the result of an accident. Since there are several muscles and bones that work together to operate the jaw, these problems can sometimes be more challenging to address.

In any case however, these issues can also be corrected through the use of orthodontics, surgery, physical therapy, or a combination of the above.

Habits

Some habits can influence teeth to move and become misaligned, especially those which occur while teeth are growing in. Children who suck on fingers, thumbs, or pacifiers are at high risk of affecting the alignment of their teeth once they grow in, just as those with similar habits such as chewing on pens can affect their teeth later on in life.

No matter your needs, we can help you get the best treatment for your unique smile. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call orthodontist Dr. Frost in Creve Coeur, MO at (314) 567-1888 or contact us online today.

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