Crooked teeth can be a result of a number of factors. Your mouth may be too small for your teeth, causing overcrowding which results in overlapping and crooked teeth. Or, your upper and lower jaw may not be the same size, causing an overbite or underbite. Crooked teeth can also be caused by early loss of baby or adult teeth, gingivitis (gum disease), poor dental restorations, or poor childhood oral health habits such as thumb sucking.
In obvious cases, people see that they have misalignments or crooked teeth. However, many times symptoms are not obvious and an orthodontist must determine if misalignments warrant treatment. Your dentist or orthodontist will look for conditions such as teeth misalignment, abnormal facial appearance or expressions, difficulty chewing or speaking.
When an orthodontist suspects problems, he or she most likely will take panoramic x-rays and tooth impressions. Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment program will be developed. This typically includes removable retainers, teeth removal (for overcrowding), braces or a combination. Your orthodontist at Dental Health Care Center may utilize a clear brace or more traditional metal braces.