Crooked and Gappy Teeth

Crooked and Gappy Teeth


One very common dental problem is crooked or misaligned teeth. Many adults and even children have them. This is not a dangerous situation, and you shouldn’t be pressured if you have crooked teeth. It makes you unique and adds charm to your smile. Crooked teeth are not that bad because they give you a unique personality.

Many adults have straight and evenly spaced teeth, thanks to the invention of braces and other orthodontic treatments that have saved the smiles on so many. But, if you still feel like straightening them or it affects how you bite and chew or you feel they are causing health and speech problems, then you can realign your teeth.

Taking the bold step to straighten your teeth is yours and personal – don’t be coerced or forced into it if you are not okay with it. There are a lot of things you can consider when you want to straighten your teeth. Before we go into the factors responsible, let us take a look at the most common causes below.

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Causes of crooked teeth

  • Genetics

There have been cases where various teeth problems like overbite, underbites, misaligned teeth and several other teeth problems have been passed on from parents to offsprings. These crooked teeth and various other teeth problems can be easily cured when the patient is at a younger age. When he or she gets older, it could be hard to correct.

  • Size and shape of the jaw

Some people have a small mouth and jaws that are too small for their teeth. This causes crowding in the mouth and causes the teeth to shift from their positions. In some other cases, the jaws of the mouth are of different sizes or can be deformed. Sometimes, the upper jaw might protrude forward, more than the lower jaw, causing the upper jaw and teeth to extend further than the lower teeth and ultimately causing an overbite. Also, the lower jaw and teeth might protrude and extend beyond the upper jaw, causing an underbite.

  • Modern changes in diet

Gone are the days when humans fed on tougher and stronger food. A tougher diet will give rise to strong jawbones and teeth. These days, our diet is much softer and most times are cut into pieces before we eat them. This consequently means we do not have to chew much anymore to eat. As a result of this, the jaws and teeth are not so strong and large as they used to be. The teeth are cramped together in the small jaws of the modern people, causing many of them to fall out of alignment.

  • Poor nutrition in the diet

Poor dental development is caused by malnourishment, especially in children. The highest number of people with dental issues are those exposed to limited dental care or nutrition. Crooked teeth could be as a result of the inability to afford good dental care and proper nutrition as a young person.

  • Diseases and injuries

Several diseases can affect the state of your teeth. Diseases like maxillofacial conditions, enlarged adenoids, and other diseases that affect the jaws, or even injuries to the mouth like broken teeth or physical impacts to the mouth. All these and more can contribute to the deformity of the teeth and jaw or subsequent development of crooked teeth.

There are other less significant causes of crooked teeth. They include

  • extended use of a pacifier
  • sucking on thumbs as a child
  • early loss of adult or baby teeth
  • pressure on gums and teeth
  • tumours of teeth and jaws
  • and improper fit of dental restorations like fillings or crowns.

Problems associated with crooked teeth

Having crooked teeth or misaligned teeth can ultimately cause problems like;

  • Strain on teeth, muscles and jaws
  • Difficulty when it comes to cleaning mouth and teeth, thereby increasing risk of gum and tooth decay and infections
  • Problem with chewing properly

How to identify a crooked or misaligned bite

Your dental care provider can easily determine the presence of crooked and misaligned bite, by carrying out a routine check of your teeth, jaw and mouth area. More so, your facial appearances are not left unchecked, as this will give your dentist an idea on various signs to look out for. These signs may include the following:

  • Alteration in your facial appearance.
  • Misalignment of the teeth
  • Continuous bite issues of the inner cheeks and tongues
  • Speech difficulty, including the development of lisp
  • Irregularities when chewing or biting
  • Breathing issues; especially when you breathe through the mouth, rather than your nostrils.

Reasons to Straighten Crooked Teeth

  • Self-Esteem: If truly, you are not happy with your crooked teeth, and it’s affecting your self- esteem and self-confidence, then you should re-align them because your happiness comes first.
  • Speech Difficulties: In some cases, misaligned or crooked teeth can make talking difficult, thereby causing speech problems.
  • Problems Chewing: If your crooked or misaligned teeth make it difficult to chew foods, then you have to straighten them because it can cause digestion problems by interfering with proper chewing.
  • Periodontal Disease: It is quite difficult to clean crooked teeth very well, this can lead to the accumulation of plaque, dirt, and germs in-between the teeth thereby leading to gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental diseases. If you don’t treat it early, it can lead to a more severe disease that damages the teeth and bones; this is called periodontal disease.
  • Wear and Tear: Crooked and misalign teeth can cause excess wear and tear on the muscles of your jaw, gums, and teeth resulting in jaw strain, cracked teeth, chronic headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorder.

What tests should I expect?

Your orthodontist will possibly take photographs, x-rays and impressions to be sure of the treatment type and options. This will provide your orthodontist with all vital information relating to the arrangement of your teeth and roots.

The photographs collected will be used to examine the relationship between your teeth and the jaw, while the impressions of your teeth are made using a soft material, which is later used to produce an exact copy of your teeth.

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Treatment of crooked teeth

Once you notice you have crooked teeth or misaligned teeth, you can book an appointment to see our dentists with an interest in short term, adult orthodontics. Orthodontics is concerned with treating any abnormalities of the jaw and teeth. Once you have been diagnosed with crooked or misaligned teeth, the next thing you would do is to get treated for it.

Usually, the common treatment for major teeth problems is the use of braces and aligners. Your orthodontist will decide which treatment is best for you, depending on the severity of the problem. In rare cases, like overcrowding, one or more teeth will have to be removed, but this is highly unlikely and is only an option if the braces cannot correct the problem. In extreme cases, surgery might be required.

As earlier mentioned, braces are the most common types of treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth. However, some people, especially adults, might not find it comfortable wearing braces. Some worry about how they will look in braces. To resolve this, there are other options aside the traditional braces that one can choose. There are Invisalign clear aligners, which you wear over your teeth without people noticing. There is also the incognito braces that you wear only on the inner part of your mouth on your teeth, also without people noticing unless you open your mouth wide.

Care and precautions during treatment

Accidents can sometimes happen, even during treatment of crooked teeth. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that the treatment of crooked teeth is not disrupted or disturbed. Some of these steps are;

  • Brushing

Cleaning the teeth with braces on can be an issue. It is advised that you use fluoride toothpaste, together with a toothbrush with soft bristles, and brush in circular motions, starting from the gum line at a 45° angle. The brushing procedure takes time so that all corners are covered and cleaned well.

  • Flossing

This is equally important, even with braces on. Floss threaders or interdental brushes might be recommended to make flossing easier.

  • Mouthwash

This is equally important and should be done after flossing and brushing with a fluoride mouthwash to prevent white spots and cavities.

  • Mouthguards

This is by far, one of the most important things to do, during and after treatment. Mouthguards protect the mouth and teeth from injury. It also protects the mouth even during treatment, especially during physically active activities like sport. It protects the mouth from impact and undue stress.

  • Retainers

Once the alignment is complete a fixed retainer which is a wire attached to the non visible back of the teeth is made. Also a removable clear retainer that is worn at night is also made. These retainers will stop your teeth from moving back to their original position.

having crooked teeth is not a choice and is sometimes genetic. It is important to get treatment and correction for the teeth. Even after treatment has been completed, we need to produce retainers both fixed and removable to keep the teeth in the new straight position for you.

At Museum Dental Suites London, we give one of the best teeth re-alignment treatment. We have a team of highly professional and qualified dentists with interests in orthodontics to provide you with all the help, expert advice, and treatment you need. We use some of the latest and safest technology to give you a great and attractive smile.

We offer every type of dental services including cosmetic and restorative treatments to help you look and feel your best and improve your self-esteem and self-confidence. We consider your preferences and needs when creating the right treatment for you.

Are you considering a treatment for your crooked or misaligned teeth? Put a call through to us today on 0207 183 0886 to book an appointment and we will be sure to restore that evergreen and dashing smile.


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