If you are very lucky, you may see nothing but straight, perfect teeth when you look in the mirror. About 35 percent of all adults have perfectly straight teeth without braces or aligners. Crooked teeth happen in the rest of the adult population for a number of reasons. Here are some reasons your teeth may not be as straight as you would like them to be.
How Did My Teeth Get Crooked in the First Place?
Several factors can cause crooked teeth in adults. One of the most common reasons people suffer from tooth decay is heredity. If your mother, father, or other close relatives have crooked teeth, you are more likely to have crooked teeth as well. Also, if you sucked on your thumb, fist, or pacifier in childhood, you are more likely to have crooked teeth because your thumb or pacifier pushed your growing teeth aside. You may also have crooked teeth due to an accident or an injury you received in childhood.
Should I Care About My Crooked Teeth?
People who may have a handful of crooked teeth usually do not need treatment unless their crowded or crooked teeth are causing issues. For example, if you have a few teeth that are very close together, you may not be able to brush or floss them properly. This problem could result in tooth decay or gum disease, both of which you want to avoid. Excessively crowded teeth, depending on their location, can also cause jaw pain, ear pain, or difficulty closing your mouth.
What Should I Do?
If you only have one or two crooked teeth, you may be better off leaving them alone. However, if you have a lot of crooked teeth that make it difficult to clean your teeth, or you refrain from smiling and laughing out of embarrassment, it may be time to talk to our dentist. There are many options available to adults with crooked teeth that do not include braces.
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