Misaligned teeth, also known as malocclusion, is a dental condition where the teeth are not properly aligned or positioned. This means that when you bite down, your teeth may not fit together correctly. Misaligned teeth can be caused by several factors, such as genetics, poor oral hygiene habits during childhood, and injury. Other causes of misaligned teeth include thumb-sucking or pacifier use beyond the age of three, mouth breathing due to allergies or enlarged tonsils and adenoids, improper dental care leading to tooth decay or loss, injuries to the face or jawbone that affects tooth alignment and poor nutrition habits like excessive sugar intake that can lead to cavities which may lead to tooth loss. In some cases, misaligned teeth are simply due to overcrowding in the mouth. This can happen if there isn't enough room for all of your adult teeth as they come in during adolescence.
Treatment Options For Misaligned Teeth
Thankfully, there are several treatment options available to correct misaligned teeth. These include traditional braces, clear aligners, and even surgery in severe cases. It's important to consult with an orthodontist or dentist to determine which option is best for your individual needs.