What makes teeth crooked?


Dr. Felix Gen and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:

Thumb sucking
Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils

There are also hereditary factors we get from our parents, like:

Extra teeth
Large teeth
Missing teeth
Wide spaces between teeth
Small jaws

Dr. Felix Gen and our team know that having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

Interfere with proper chewing
Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

There are several treatment options we offer at Dr. Gen Orthodontics that can help correct crooked teeth. Please give us a call at our convenient Mayfield Heights, OH office to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.

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