6 Types of Crooked Teeth & How to Fix Them
Sink your teeth into these common problems and find out how you can fix them.
Your hair is perfect and your OOTD is Insta-worthy. You’re ready to rock this world until you crack a smile and feel your confidence start to shatter. We feel you.
Living with teeth misfits creates more than just confidence issues. What we may brush off as an oral quirk today could escalate into a dental emergency tomorrow. Thankfully, misaligned teeth can be easily corrected . But first, let’s find out which of these six types of crooked teeth you’ve fallen victim to, shall we?
More isn’t Merrier
The Tell-tale Sign: It’s a squeeze! You know how our teachers used to nag us about standing in a straight line? Well, your teeth clearly weren’t listening, seeing as how they’re jostling for space and pushing against one another.
The Worry: Your teeth aren’t done. Crowding tends to get worse over time and can make the simple task of brushing and flossing a lot more complicated. Plaque can set up home in the hidden nooks and crannies between your teeth, which can lead to potentially painful issues later.
“Saving a Piece of Lunch for Dinner?”
The Tell-tale Sign: Non-stop teasing by friends and family about that piece of food that you always seem to be carrying between your teeth. It’s funny at times, but mostly annoying, so you’ve developed a habit of running your tongue over your teeth to check for leftovers.
The Worry: Your teeth could get used to hanging out alone! Depending on the root cause, gaps between your teeth may expand over time. If this happens, your teeth may loosen, turning every bite of your favourite food into torture.
“Hey, Bugs Bunny!”
The Tell-tale Sign: No matter where you try to go, your two front teeth will get there first. This teeth profile may be cute on wabbits, but it’s probably not the best look for you.
The Worry: When your upper teeth stick out and overlap with your lower teeth, it leaves a gap between the two. This could spell the start of jaw issues. Your front teeth are also at greater risk of being fractured if ever you get into an accident.
Crossing the Line
The Tell-tale Sign: Your upper and lower teeth are like star-crossed lovers — they’re not meant to be. Unlike the Weaver Girl and Cowherd who at least get to meet once a year, your teeth have never met.
The Worry: Leave your cross bite untreated and you risk wearing out both your top and bottom teeth. You may also see the gums of these teeth start to recede too, which is a whole other set of issues.
“Why Doesn’t My Mouth Seem to Close?”
The Tell-tale Sign: When you try to close your mouth… and fail.
The Worry: Because your upper and lower teeth have moved forward so much, your jaws don’t touch even when your mouth is closed. This could wear out your back teeth and affect normal biting and chewing.
Bonus: The Hidden Problem
The Tell-tale Sign: You think your teeth are fine! We don’t blame you; this one’s a little tricky. Take a closer look. If your upper teeth overlap with the lower teeth and makes contact with the gum, we’re sorry to say, you have a deep bite.
The Worry: In minor cases, a deep bite may be a simple matter of aesthetics but in more serious cases, your gums may be in peril — constant contact between teeth and gums can lead to gum recession and harm tooth roots.
“Fix Me Up, Doctor!”
These six types of crooked teeth can all be addressed with teeth-straightening treatments like Invisalign and metal braces. In the hands of a qualified dentist, both treatments can be equally effective. It must said though, that the process and experience are markedly different. This quiz can help you figure out your preferences, but it’s always best to speak to qualified dentist to learn more.
Misaligned teeth can be corrected in the hands of a qualified dentist. Start by getting professional advice!