Crooked teeth are usually caused by lack of space in the jaws. In some circumstances, the jaws are simply too underdeveloped and are unable to host all the teeth, resulting in poor alignments. In other cases, gum diseases cause teeth to drift in unwanted directions, causing them to appear long, gappy or twisted. Sometimes extra teeth, such as supernumerary teeth and retained baby teeth, can also result in dental crowding.
For growing children, a removable orthodontic plate can be used to develop and expand the jaws so there is enough room for all teeth to fit in.
For older children and adults, dental extractions may be necessary to create spaces for teeth alignment as part of orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces and Invisalign are routinely used to improve alignments of crooked teeth.
While largely seen as a cosmetic problem, crooked teeth, in fact, can have a negative impact on the overall state of your oral health such as: