Crooked teeth is a common dental problem that many people face in life. This condition, which normally starts in childhood, can affect your overall self-esteem because it makes you constantly conscious of how you talk and smile. Did you know that even if you are not a child anymore you can straighten your teeth with invisible aligners? Traditional metal braces are out of fashion nowadays. So what causes crooked teeth?
It’s one of the most common causes of crooked teeth. Generally, we don’t have much control over our dental traits. Genetics plays a crucial role in determining teeth crowding and the development of crooked teeth.
Improper Jaw and Skeletal Development
A wide palate, especially during the early stages of human development, is important for the development of healthy teeth. Incorrect jaw and skeletal development are often caused by cranial imbalances may also lead to the development of crooked teeth.
Naturally, the facial muscles of a child should be able to close the lips when they are at rest. However, if the lips can’t sit together when they’re at rest, this may lead to the development of crooked teeth. Note that a poor lip posture is normally caused by bad tongue posture. The most common sign of bad lip posture is a more floppy or flaccid lower lip.
Poor Tongue Posture
Naturally, the tongue usually rests against the palate. The correct tongue position requires both the back and the tip of the tongue to be pressed on the palate. This helps to stimulate proper teeth development by supporting the throat, spine, the skull’s base, and the jaw. However, when the tongue rests in a forward and low posture it may affect the natural development of teeth, making some of them crooked.
Nasal breathing is essential for proper jaw alignment and healthy teeth development. It enhances the natural development of the upper jaw and the maxilla. However, if a child constantly suffers from nasal obstruction, they will resort to open-mouth breathing. The high pressure on the nasal airway affects facial development especially the jaws and may result in crooked teeth.
Bad Oral Behaviors
There are certain oral behaviors in children which may lead to the development of this dental problem and they include: The use of pacifiers or thumb sucking