Why are my teeth crooked?
There are many possible explanations for your crooked teeth. Here are the most common ones:
- Your teeth didn’t come in on schedule
Most people’s teeth grow into the mouth according to a specific timetable. Sometimes the teeth do not erupt in the proper order. Permanent teeth that arrive too early may take up space that later teeth need. Permanent teeth that arrive too late may not have anywhere to go.
- There’s not enough room in your jaws
If the space left for your permanent teeth by the developing jaw and the baby teeth is too small, some teeth may be blocked out. The illustration on page 7 shows how the permanent teeth grow in and leave a certain amount of space for the remaining teeth. If this space is too small, teeth will force themselves out even if they have to twist, tip, or come in at strange angles. On the other hand, if the space is too large, there may be gaps between the teeth.