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As we get older suddenly we realised many things we didn't appreciate about being young - being fit, having smooth skin and having all your own teeth. As our loose teeth (and bridges) struggle to deal with chewier food we start eating bland mush and, there is no easy way to say this, OLD PEOPLE FOOD. I'm determined not to let that happen to me and I'm doing everything I can to keep my own teeth as long as possible, and when that's not possible to get the best possible teeth replacement. If you are like me and want to keep on eating whatever you want, I think you'll like my site. It's all about dental health and teeth replacement & maintenance.

Keeping your teeth young

What You Need to Know About Misaligned Teeth

Mabel Hicks

Because the problem of malocclusion or misaligned teeth is hereditary in most cases, there is a chance that either you or a loved one might be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Typically, orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth can be provided to people of all ages ranging from children, to teens, to adults, and works best when the problem is diagnosed early by a dentist.

This article will indicate the causes of misaligned teeth, why orthodontic treatment should be provided for misaligned teeth, and determine if it is practical to prevent the problem of malocclusion.

What causes teeth to get misaligned?

Even though malocclusion is largely a hereditary problem, there are several other causes of the problem including the following:

  • Malformed jaws: The upper, lower or both jaws grow too much or too little.
  • Extended use of a feeding bottle during childhood, thus changing dental structure.
  • Habit of thumb sucking or sucking of the fingers, especially during early childhood years.
  • Crowded teeth: Occurs when people's mouth is too small to accommodate all the teeth.  
  • Injuries leading to misalignment of the upper and lower jaws.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis).
  • Premature loss of milk teeth due to metabolic disorders, toxicities, malignancies, etc.

Why should orthodontic treatment be provided for misaligned teeth?

Misaligned teeth result in both physical and psychological problems. They can:

  • Lower an individual's self-esteem, especially where the facial or dental structure has been severely deformed.
  • Affect one's ability to speak properly, e.g. due to a lisp
  • Make chewing of food during mealtimes difficult because malocclusion may cause pain
  • Make proper brushing and flossing difficult, thus increasing the likelihood of tooth decay, bacterial infection, gingivitis and other dental problems.

Treatment or straightening of misaligned teeth is not only important for cosmetic purposes, but it can also enable the patient to speak and eat more comfortably. Orthodontic treatment may also help prevent tooth extraction in the future. As a result, providing orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth is an essential part of good dental health in general.

Is it possible to curb the problem of malocclusion?

As stated earlier, preventing the problem of misaligned teeth a hundred percent is virtually impracticable due to the fact that most cases of malocclusion are inherited. Those responsible for taking care of young children should limit the use of pacifiers and feeding bottles to help moderate changes that may occur as jaws develop. Most importantly, remember that early diagnosis of misaligned teeth may help also reduce the severity and duration of the treatment required to rectify the problem.