What Causes Crooked Teeth?

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Crooked teeth

Written By: Poulami Saha | 19 April 2024

A smile is seen as a key factor to attractiveness. However, misaligned (or crooked) teeth can cause some people to feel less confident about showing off their smile. Perhaps you’ve been wondering why certain teeth refuse to follow a set pattern.
You’re not alone!
Misaligned teeth can result from different factors, such as inheritance or childhood habits. Let’s now dig deeper into the reasons behind those pearly whites that don’t quite follow the perfect pattern.
1. The Hereditary Hand :
Genes control the size and shape of your jaw, as well as the number of teeth you develop. If both your parents have crooked teeth or an abnormal bite,
2. Jaw on Duty :
Our human bodies tend to have less developed jaws compared to our ancestors. This difference is likely due to a shift in our dietary patterns. Modern processed foods require minimal chewing, potentially leading to smaller jaws. These smaller jaws can then cause teeth to crowd and erupt crookedly.
3. Early Loss of Baby Teeth :
Those tiny baby teeth pave the way for permanent teeth, not dentine. Dentine is actually a layer of tissue beneath the enamel in both baby and adult teeth. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely due to decay or accidents, it can disrupt this orderly plan. The surrounding teeth may start to shift into the empty space, potentially leading to misalignment of the permanent teeth that erupt later.
4. Habitual Hiccups :
Certain childhood habits, like thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier use, and tongue thrusting, can apply pressure to developing teeth, potentially causing them to grow misaligned.
5. Facial Trauma :
Collisions and sports injuries can be the causes of the jawbone damage, leading to crooked teeth. Impacted teeth, where a permanent tooth is blocked from erupting due to trauma, are another consequence of facial injuries.
6. Nutritional Needs :
Diet plays a significant role in jaw and tongue development. Deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, and other essential minerals can contribute to problems with tooth development and positioning.
7. Mouth Breathing :
Chronic mouth breathing can significantly alter the shapes of your jaws and facial bones. Whilst while the position of the tongue during mouth breathing is resting down in the mouth, the teeth are exposed to higher force of pressure that leads to or has the potential to cause the teeth to extend out.
8. Improper fit… :
 …dental restorations, like ill-fitted crowns and fillings, can also cause teeth to become crooked eventually.

The Impact?

Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. They can lead to a number of problems, including:


  • Difficulties with Chewing and Speaking: Misaligned teeth can make chewing and speaking challenging, affecting food digestion and communication.
  • Increased Risk of Gum Disease: Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, creating an environment conducive to plaque buildup and gum disease. If not treated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis, an infection that damages bone and teeth.
  • TMJ Disorders: Crooked teeth can cause uneven tooth wear and put more pressure on teeth, gums, and jaw muscles. Misaligned bites can even put strain on the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), leading to pain, headaches, and jaw dysfunction.

What are the Key Treatment Options?

The good news is that crooked teeth are treatable at any age. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, various treatment options are available as follows.


  • Braces:
    Traditional metal braces are effective in correcting misaligned teeth.
  • Invisalign:
    This clear aligners offer a more flexible alternative to braces. A series of custom-made aligners gradually shift teeth into desired positions.
  • Palatal Expanders:
    For younger patients with narrow jaws, palatal expanders can create space for proper tooth alignment.
  • Retainers:
    Following any orthodontic treatment, retainers are essential to maintain the achieved tooth position.
  • Dental Veneers:
    Veneers consist of a very thin layer of porcelain that is placed over the top of your natural tooth to disguise any imperfections.

 A Straight Smile Starts Here.

If you’re considering correcting crooked teeth, consult an orthodontist.

They carefully assess your situation, recommend the most suitable treatment plan, and guide you towards a healthier and more confident smile.
A beautiful smile is an investment in your oral health and self-esteem.
At Apex Dental Clinic in Dubai, we reflect equal parts– quality check-up and advanced technology. Book an appointment with us today to know more.