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November 7, 20190

1) Why it is caused?

Crooked teeth are also known as Misaligned teeth/ malocclusion due to the size of the upper or lower jaw being small than usual compared to teeth size

  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Size of the jaw of teeth size ratio
  • Genetics
  • Facial injury
  • Prolonged bottle feeding
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Growth/developmental anomalies
  • Malnutrition
  • Early tooth loss
  • Mouth breathing
  • Myofunctional disorders


2) How to prevent it?

  • Stopping habits(thumb sucking, mouth breathing, prolonged bottle feeding, etc)
  • Promote great oral hygiene
  • Prevent missing teeth
  • Diet maintenance
  • Checking up family history
  • Identifying it early


3) When to for treatment?

  • Abnormal alignment of teeth
  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing or biting
  • Periodontal(gum) disease
  • Excess wear of teeth surface
  • Low self-esteem
  • Speech difficulty
  • Halitosis(bad breath)


4) What is the treatment? What is done in treatment?


  • Correction of habit: correction of mouth breathing thumb sucking, tongue thrusting by using various orthodontic appliances followed by braces
  • Braces: orthodontics appliances that consist of braces bonds &wires a constant pressure is applied on teeth &jaw over a period causing moving & alignment of teeth
  • Invisalign: invisible braces
    – Clear & transparent trays that are custom created to fit over teeth
    – Used until designed alignment is achieved
  • Dental crowns: in missing teeth, placed on top of natural tooth structure


  • Dental veneers: when only mild misalignment of teeth that tooth surfaces are corrected by a thin porcelain layer


Post-operative care:

  • Avoid sticky chewy while treatment
  • Brushing twice daily
  • Regular dental visits
  • Avoid hard foods while treatment

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