If you’re dealing with a malocclusion such as overcrowding, an overbite, an underbite or a cross bite, you may be considering undergoing a treatment programme such as Invisalign or lingual braces. It certainly makes sense to consider ways to correct the problem as teeth alignment issues can cause chronic problems with under confidence, discomfort and poor oral hygiene.
But have you ever wondered what causes teeth alignment problems in the first place?
The majority of malocclusions are hereditary. If your parents had alignment issues, you’re likely to have them too, as are your children. This is often because family groups can have genetic predispositions for things such as small jaws, particularly large teeth or imbalanced upper and lower jaw shapes.
In these cases, there’s nothing you could have done to stop the malocclusion from occurring, though you can obviously take steps towards correcting it once it has.
However, some teeth alignment problems stem from other causes. These can be things such as:
- Missing teeth (usually after an accident)
- Impacted teeth
- Growing extra teeth (some people do have more than the usual 32!)
- Thumb sucking
- Using a dummy or bottle after the age of three
- Misalignment after a jaw fracture
- A tumour of the mouth or jaw (though this is very rare)
It’s also well worth noting here that some malocclusions can actually be made worse by inexperienced dental professionals. Fillings or crowns that have been done badly can cause larger problems over time, as can braces or retainers that have been fitted incorrectly. This is why it’s so important to choose a specialist you know you can trust to carry out your orthodontic treatment.
Whatever the cause of your alignment problem, you don’t have to live with it. Why not get in touch with one of our four partner practices to discuss the straight teeth that are in your future? If you’re not sure what to expect, Orthodonticlinic has a helpful FAQ page that offers an excellent overview.