Dental problems are quite common today. One of the major concerns people have is crooked or misaligned teeth. Nine out of ten people have slightly misaligned teeth that teeth do not fit into jawlines. While many people only face a minor misalignment, cases of severe misalignments could result in difficulty with eating, speaking, or breathing.
This makes one wonder, why do so many people have crooked or misaligned teeth? Here are some primary causes that contribute to teeth misalignment.
Sometimes, misalignment in teeth can be due to genetics. Misalignment due to jaw size can mainly be associated with genetics. Smaller jaws can cause overcrowding and crooked teeth.
Scientists believe that since there is no longer a need to chew tough and dense food, evolution played its part, which resulted in smaller jaws and more people with crooked teeth. In fact, a study finds that the misalignment condition called overbite was influenced by dominant genetic factors in 74% of participants.
Thus, genetics can play a major role in many cases of teeth misalignment like overbite, underbite, clicking jaw, and the arch of your jaw.
2.Poor Dental Care
Often, poor dental care can lead to a lot of problems going unnoticed. This includes a host of issues like gum diseases, cavities, and loose teeth. Such problems might not only pose immediate discomfort but could result in crooked and misaligned teeth in the long run.
In the US alone, 47.2% of adults over 30 have some form of gum-related illness. This is much higher for those living below the federal poverty line (up to 65.4%). All these issues can easily cause teeth to fall out, causing teeth to grow crooked and misaligned. The discomfort of gum diseases could aggravate the problems caused by teeth positioning, like chewing food and speaking.
Seemingly innocent childhood habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and even early loss of baby teeth can cause misaligned teeth. Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can result in a slight shift in the position of teeth when they are still in their formative years. Over the years, this changes the alignment, leading to crooked teeth. Similarly, if you had lost your baby teeth early, it would have caused some spacing. This would, in turn, lead to other teeth shifting into this area. Subsequent crowding ruins the alignment of future permanent teeth.
Other reasons behind misaligned teeth could be
- Bad diet
- Mouth breathing
- Physical trauma to the face
However, correcting misaligned teeth is a simple procedure that can be done. Better teeth alignment has many health benefits- including easier cleaning of teeth. It can lead to a significant reduction in jaw stress as well.
Common methods used to correct teeth alignment include
- Clear aligners.
Consulting a dental practitioner can help you identify any misalignment and correct it in its early stages. Also, make sure to schedule regular dental appointments to keep your teeth in check!