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What Causes Crooked Teeth? 

June 07, 2022

Crooked teeth impact millions of people throughout the world and can be a source of embarrassment for both teenagers and adults. Luckily, you can see an orthodontist in 33026 to correct the issue. But why do teeth become crooked, and what can be done if they do begin to drift in different directions?  

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Factors That Cause Crooked Teeth


If you have a facial injury, the impact may cause your teeth to shift and become misaligned. A trauma could potentially change the position of your jaw or cause damage to your gums, causing your teeth to shift. That’s why all dentists would recommend that you use a gumshield when playing contact sports like rugby, hockey, or boxing to limit the risk of tooth trauma. 

The location of your teeth may also be affected by the passage of time. Our teeth have the tendency to slide forward and get more crowded as we age. Contrary to popular opinion, your wisdom teeth are not to blame. The true culprit is your jawbone, which loses density and changes shape with time, causing teeth to flock or crowd in front of your mouth. 

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums. Any issues with your gums will have a negative influence on your teeth. It may not be obvious now, but it will in the long run. Gum disease can loosen teeth and disrupt the alignment of your teeth, as well as your bite. 

Missing Teeth

Improperly fitted dental restorations, such as bridges and crowns, can occasionally cause teeth to shift. They may also have an impact on how your teeth bite together.   

Early tooth loss may influence the position of your remaining teeth, leading them to wander into gaps. Due to a lack of room, baby teeth are sometimes replaced by larger adult teeth that overlap and crowd together. 


Your odds of inheriting misaligned teeth or jaws are heavily influenced by genetics. If your parents have crooked teeth, you’re likely to acquire them as well. 

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