Crooked Correction

Some people seem to have been born with a natural Hollywood smile, while others need a little assistance from modern dentistry if they want to have a cinema-worthy smile. Have you ever wondered why? There are many variables that affect your smile and how straight your teeth are. Hicks Dental Group, located in Prescott Arizona, is here for all your functional and cosmetic dentistry needs. Issues with crooked teeth tend to fall into these major categories: lower-face asymmetry, and crooked teeth, underbite or overbite issues.

Lower-Face Asymmetry

Hicks Dental Group sees individuals where lower-face asymmetry is evident. When the teeth bite is forward or backward on just one side of the face, it is considered lower-face asymmetry. According to research with University of Washington, crooked teeth in lower-face asymmetry is caused by stress in the early development of a child. The first 100 days in pregnancy are significant in the creation and alignment of the child’s facial structure, which is affected by stress to the mother. The stress endured is linked to a crooked jaw later in life, and therefore crooked teeth.

Crooked Teeth, Underbite & Overbite

While lower-face asymmetry may be a sign of fetal stress, crooked teeth, an underbite or overbite may have a variety of different causes. These include:

  • Heredity
  • Early loss of teeth
  • Thumb sucking as a child
  • Prolonged use of pacifier
  • Gum disease
  • Trauma from injury
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Undue pressure

If you have concerns about crooked teeth and are interested in correction for functionality or aesthetics, contact Hicks Dental Group today! We can help prevent these issues for you or your loved ones!

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