Is It My Fault That I Have Crooked Teeth?

Is It My Fault That I Have Crooked Teeth?

Estimates suggest that nine in 10 Americans have at least a minor dental misalignment. But what could be the cause of the crooked smiles epidemic, and most importantly, could you have done something to prevent your situation?

If you already have crooked teeth, the only way to fix them is by wearing aligners. However, if you’re a parent who wants to prevent the development of crooked teeth in your children, there are preventive measures you can take to ensure a straighter smile. 

Below, our dental experts, Misty Henne, DMD and Chloe Chu, DDS explain the cause of crooked teeth. Read on to learn why it’s probably not your fault that you have them. 

How modern diets changed the shape of our jaws for the worse 

Our teeth began changing for the worse with the advent of agriculture, about 12,000 years ago. Hunter-gatherers who relied mostly on game meat and wild plants found during the warmer seasons didn’t develop misalignments or dental crowding. 

The first evidence of crooked teeth in humans appeared in the earliest farmers in Southeast Asia.

Softer foods don’t stimulate the jaw as hard foods do, causing jaw bones to shrink. In addition, diets higher in starches and sugar causes bacteria in the mouth to produce acids that attack tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and misalignments. 

Preventing crooked teeth in children 

If you’re an adult suffering from crooked teeth, there’s not much you can do other than get orthodontic treatment. 

However, if you want to prevent misalignments and tooth decay in your children, limit their intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar, avoid the use of a pacifier, and discourage the habit of thumb sucking. 

Many children develop misalignments due to mouth breathing caused by allergies. If your child’s nose is chronically stuffy, look for potential allergens in the household, including scented candles, detergents, cleaning products, and perfumes. 

Other causes of mouth breathing include sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils, deviated septum, infections, polyps, tumors, and asthma. 

Getting the straight smile you’ve always dreamed off 

With the help of Invisalign, our team can straighten your teeth, sparing you from the discomfort of having a metal smile. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, a clear orthodontic device that’s unnoticeable when you smile and speak. With Invisalign, you can expect your treatment to be faster and less painful when compared to traditional braces. 

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