Crooked teeth are teeth that tend to be non-aesthetic pleasing due to misalignment. This often causes people to be embarrassed about their smile, thus affecting their self-esteem.
Crooked teeth are commonly caused by a lack of jaw space. 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.
A removable orthodontic plate can be used to extend the jaws for growing children, ensuring there is enough space to fit in for all adult teeth.
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 significantly negative impact on the overall state of your oral health. It can potentially create a number of dental problems: