Why Do Some Teeth Grow in Crooked?

October 20, 2017 6:59 pm Published by
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As much as we’d like for our teeth to grow in perfectly straight, it’s quite common for them not to. The good news is that just as there are many reasons why we can develop crooked teeth naturally, there are also many solutions to make them straighter! So why do some teeth grow in crooked?

Not Enough Room

Many people have mouths that are too small to accommodate their teeth, causing newly erupting teeth to grow in crooked. The best way to alleviate a crowded mouth and make way for a straighter smile is by extracting extra teeth and straightening the remaining teeth with braces.

Misaligned Jaws

Be it the upper or lower jaw, a misaligned jaw can cause an overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth. Braces, headgear, or surgery can all help fix a misaligned jaw, depending on the severity of the issue.


Yes, diet can actually affect the shape and location of your teeth! Studies have shown that eating processed foods that are missing key nutrients to strengthen bones can make way for weaker jaws and crooked teeth.


If your parents have crooked teeth, there’s a strong change that you do as well. You can inherit your jaw shape, but don’t worry, we can fit it for you!.

Bad Baby Teeth

If your baby teeth are decayed or damaged, they can impact the way that your adult teeth grow in. Your adult teeth follow the same path as your baby teeth, so when baby teeth fall out prematurely, your adult teeth don’t know where to go, causing crooked teeth.

Bad Habits

Sucking on your thumb or on a pacifier can lead to teeth growing in crooked in order to accommodate the bad habit. Even breathing through your mouth can lead to crooked teeth.


If you’ve experienced injury or damage to your jaw that affects the way your teeth grow in, you can get crooked teeth.

If you have crooked teeth, know you’re not alone. But you can get the smile of your dreams! Our staff at Dental Solutions of Avon are happy to discuss treatment options with you. There is no need to worry about cost, either. We’re an insurance-friendly practice and offer flexible financing options to make your care affordable.

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