Thursday, August 6, 2015

What causes crooked teeth?

What causes crooked teeth? Find out from your orthodontist Dr. Allen Davis at Escondido Orthodontics in North San Diego County, CA. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
  • Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
  • Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils
There are also hereditary factors we get from our parents, like:
  • Extra teeth
  • Large teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Small jaws
Dr. Allen Davis and our team know that having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:
  • Interfere with proper chewing
  • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
  • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth
There are several treatment options we offer that can help correct crooked teeth. Please give us a call to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.

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