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Are Crooked Teeth Genetic?

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If you’ve ever wondered if you can blame your crooked teeth on your parents, the answer is: maybe! Like many things, crooked teeth can be passed from generation to generation. However, before you call your parents and complain, there are many other reasons someone may develop crooked teeth. Regardless, if you’re embarrassed about your crooked smile, our team can help!

Did Genetics Cause My Crooked Teeth?

Genetics is an important factor in your oral health. For example, jaw size is determined by genetics. Folks who are genetically predisposed to have a smaller jaw are much more likely to experience issues with spacing and alignment, as teeth are crowded into a smaller space. However, you can still have crooked teeth even if you inherit a perfectly-sized jaw and perfectly-spaced chompers.

What Else Causes Crooked Teeth?

More and more, Dr. Cutting and our team are seeing the effects of habits during the early years of life on the development of permanent teeth. For example, thumb-sucking in toddlers and young children can lead to incorrect jaw development and other myofunctional problems that affect the alignment of teeth. In older patients, poor oral hygiene or injuries to the head and face can also cause crooked teeth in adults.

How do We Treat Crooked Teeth?

Luckily, crooked smiles do not have to be permanent. Modern orthodontic treatment has evolved to be more efficient and more comfortable than ever before. If you’re living with a crooked smile that impacts your self-confidence, our team can help. We will examine your oral health history and alignment of your teeth as well as discuss your goals for your smile as we come up with a treatment plan to deliver the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

We’re Here to Help

No matter the cause for your crooked teeth, we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.