Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Smiles: Genetics Are Not Always At Fault

There is a reoccurring stereotype that the British have crooked teeth, and many erroneously claim that it is due to simple genetics. Although the way your teeth is shaped and aligned is without a doubt hereditary, genetics are not always the reason for crooked teeth and misaligned smiles.

crooked teethDifferent factors contribute to the alignment of teeth, from your mouth being too crowded to simple oral hygiene. If you are planning to correct your crooked teeth, then it is important to find out the reason they are not aligned properly in the first place.

Crowded Mouths

Wisdom teeth are a relic from an earlier time when our ancestors had to chew on tougher foodstuffs. The discovery of fire and cooking practices made life easier for us, and our teeth; consequently, our third molars became increasingly useless.

When your third molars start erupting, they can interfere with the rest of your teeth’s alignment. They are technically vestigial teeth and as they push their way out of the gums, it causes your mouth to get crowded. Mesial impaction, the most common way for the third molars to erupt, tends to push the neighbouring teeth and causes a domino effect on the rest.

If your mouth is becoming crowded due to your wisdom teeth erupting, you need to have them removed. By doing this, they will not cause further complications and problems in the future.

Bad Oral Hygiene

When plaque becomes tartar, the bacteria along with debris tend to infiltrate the small spaces between your teeth. This makes your teeth and gums more prone to infection, and one of the side effects is causing your teeth to become loose.

At Warrendale Dental Care in Ross-On-Wye, we know that genetics are not the only thing that may cause your teeth to become crooked and your smiles to misalign. Visit our website for more information about our preventative dentistry, Dental Implants and tooth straightening treatments.