Crooked and crowded teeth are known by dentists as malalignment. You may have lived with it since childhood, or it may have developed over the years. Problems with early dental development and a loss of teeth can also contribute to crooked or crowded teeth. Treatment for malalignment is available and depends on your individual situation. Orthodontics, Invisalign®, crowns or veneers are some of the treatments available.
Crooked or crowded teeth can be mild or severe. It can be quite obvious to see from your smile, or not as noticeable if it affects teeth towards the back of your jaw. Malalignment can impact on the function of your teeth and mouth, so you can experience other symptoms too.
Crooked teeth can affect the health of your teeth, how your jaw works and can even affect your posture and balance. Some symptoms that may be present include:
Most often, problems such as crooked and crowded teeth, extra space between teeth, and having extra or missing teeth are genetic. Other factors can play a role too. These include injuries and accidents, thumb sucking, poor oral health and dental disease. Teeth that are lost in childhood, or as an adult, can develop problems also.
Sometimes, the resulting problem of malalignment is simply in appearance. But often, other issues can develop that affect how your teeth and jaw function. We recommend talking to your dentist early to discuss potential issues and available treatments.
Crooked and crowded teeth or an abnormal bite can be treated in a number of ways. Your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Teeth can be straightened using a variety of techniques. Which one you decide on will depend on the condition of your teeth, the severity of your problem and your budget. Some of the available treatments include:
When you book at one of our dental practices for crooked teeth you probably have a lot of questions and want answers as soon as possible. That’s understandable. It’s useful to think ahead about what your dentist will need to know to assess and treat your teeth.
Generally your dentist will ask you about your medical history and then thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose and neck. You may also need an x-ray, depending on the condition of your teeth.
Your dentist will ask you some questions about your teeth, such as:
Think about your answers to these questions before your appointment. Being prepared can speed up the diagnosis.