How Permanent Teeth Become Crooked

To many people, orthodontic treatment makes sense for children. Their teeth can often become misaligned as they develop, and that misalignment can grow worse if not corrected as soon as possible. Yet, many people are surprised when their teeth become crooked long after they’ve fully developed. For adults, permanent teeth can become crooked for a wide variety of reasons, many of which indicate an equally serious underlying problem. When it does occur, orthodontic treatment may be an important part of your treatment plan for restoring your good oral health.

Untreated Bruxism

Bruxism is the constant grinding of your teeth, and one of the most notable signs of it is damage to your tooth structure. Besides that, though, the force from your bite constantly clenching can gradually force your teeth out of their proper alignment. Your dentist may be able to help you relive bruxism with a custom-designed appliance, though you may also need orthodontic treatment if the condition has had time to significantly affect your tooth alignment.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often cause problems because they become impacted by neighboring second molars. In addition to intense discomfort in and around the tooth, the pressure of the growing wisdom tooth can push the teeth closest to it out of alignment. After removing your wisdom tooth/teeth, your dentist can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is necessary to straighten any remaining teeth that have been affected.

Correct Your Crooked Teeth with Custom Orthodontics

Adult teeth can be forced out of alignment for many reasons, and correcting them is extremely important to your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.