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What Causes Teeth to Come in Crooked?

Have an orthodontist look at your child's smile between ages 7 and 9

It’s estimated between 33 and 45% of American children need braces. While not necessary for their health, up to 75% of Americans would benefit from braces for a straighter smile.

Why all this need for tooth straightening? Why do teeth come in crooked in the first place?

Environmental factors such as finger sucking, excessive cavities, gum disease, injury or premature loss of baby teeth can contribute to a bad bite.

However, the primary cause for teeth to come in crooked is genetics. You inherit your jaw and mouth features from both parents. So different jaw sizes, tooth sizes and other factors often don’t fit perfectly.

By the time a child reaches 6 to 8 years old and their 6-year old molars have come in, their jaw is no longer making additional space for teeth. If your child’s teeth are crowded, they’re not likely to become less crowded with time. In fact, front teeth will be more crowded as permanent teeth come in.

This is why it’s a good idea to have your child see an orthodontist when they are 7 or 8 years old. This is the perfect time to pick up early on potential tooth alignment and bite problems.

We offer completely free oral evaluation for our patients in Brookings or Madison. Come see us today, or call at 1-800-832-3464