Why do teeth grow in so crooked? It’s hard to pin the cause down for sure, but some common causes are genetic influences, jaw growth deformities, and oral health conditions. Apart from taking a toll on your child's self-esteem now and in the future, crooked teeth can even impact a child’s overall health. For instance, crooked teeth have been cited to cause gum disease. If you’re looking to straighten your child’s teeth, here are four potential fixes to consider.
Braces are devices used by orthodontics to align and straighten crooked and misaligned teeth. Although they have been used for a long time, they have developed significantly and are now lighter in weight and structure. How do they work? They apply continuous pressure causing the teeth to align to the correct position. Braces are made from high-grade stainless steel, ceramic or plastic and contain brackets that are linked by a thick archwire. The brackets are cemented on the teeth using a special dental bonding agent.
Unlike braces, aligners are custom made retainers that slip over the teeth and mostly used for patients with minor spacing issues or crowded teeth. However, patients with severe spacing or crowding issues may resort to more complex treatment. They are made of clear plastic or acrylic material. Once the orthodontist decides on how to correct the teeth issue, they make the aligners to fit the teeth tightly. Nevertheless, they can be removed during eating, brushing or flossing. They are changed often to continue aligning the teeth to the correct position.
Palatal expanders are devices used in orthodontics to expand the upper jaw so that teeth can fit in the right position. They are mostly used in children because the upper jaw develops as separate halves until the child reaches puberty. The appliance is custom made and contains two parts that are connected with a screw at the middle. When the screw is turned, it causes the palatal bone to move gradually to attain the desired expansion.
Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, certain circumstances necessitate removal. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), teeth can be removed in case of trauma or crowding. Also, the tooth can be extracted due to diseases such as periodontal or extensive decay.
Crooked teeth can be corrected using different methods as mentioned above. It is also essential to brush the teeth twice a day to prevent decay and disease. Finally, visit the dentist every six months for checkups.Looking for age-appropriate toys for your growing child? Check out our store!