What Causes Crooked Teeth?


Crooked teeth are one of the most common orthodontic issues. And while many people think crooked teeth are due to genetics, there are actually several reasons why you may have crooked teeth, and they can be treated if caught early enough. Here’s what causes crooked teeth and what you can do about it!


How To Fix Crooked Teeth?


Braces are a common solution to crooked teeth, but they aren’t for everyone. First, you should see a dentist and have your teeth thoroughly checked to make sure there isn’t any underlying dental problems that need to be addressed first. If you have perfectly healthy teeth and braces just aren’t for you. Just keep in mind that everything takes time: Small imperfections won’t correct themselves overnight! You’ll need lots of patience (and great dental health) if you want straighter teeth.


How Much Will It Cost To Fix A Crooked Tooth?


It’s important to keep in mind that costs can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, however, it will cost $400-$500 to fix a single crooked tooth. Some adults with bad teeth might even spend up to $1,000 per tooth! Of course, treatment costs can depend on where you live and what type of dental work you need done. If insurance won’t cover treatment or if you have no insurance at all (the majority of adults don’t have dental coverage) then be prepared to pay out-of-pocket—and expect your bill to be upwards of $700-$800 for each crooked tooth.


How Crooked Teeth Can Impact Your Health?


When teeth are crooked, it can change your bite, leading to dental malocclusion, which can cause jaw misalignment and pain. Malocclusion also puts you at higher risk for gum disease, and not just from lack of brushing and flossing. When your jaws aren’t in proper alignment (your top teeth resting evenly on your bottom teeth), you’re more prone to plaque build-up along your gum line. Left untreated for years on end, chronic gum disease can lead to even worse oral health problems: periodontitis or tooth loss. Your jaw isn’t the only body part that may suffer from crooked teeths, either; they may also impact how you chew or swallow food.


What Happens When You Ignore Crooked Teeth?


Many young people assume that because their teeth are crooked, nothing can be done about it. However, it is very possible to straighten your teeth with orthodontic treatment. While we can’t prevent our teeth from drifting, there are several things we can do before they get too far out of alignment. If you wait too long, though, orthodontic treatment won’t be as effective and some malocclusions may require cosmetic dental surgery (braces) to correct them. Even for adults with a severe problem, however, there are options that range from wearing a brace at night to more advanced procedures such as invisalign.


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