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Teeth that are not symmetrically aligned in a curve are said to be malaligned or crooked. Some teeth may be more prominent than the others, or they may be tilted or rotated. When looked at as a smile, there may be spacing between some teeth and crowding between others. Upper or lower teeth may seem to be jetting out more than usual. All such problems related to positioning of the teeth relative to each other and their bone are orthodontic problems. 
What are crooked teeth? 
There can be many reasons why your smile and teeth have shaped up this way. Some of the more common reasons are your milk teeth did not fall on time, your teeth are bigger for your jaw bone size, it runs genetically in your family or you had some oral habit as a child, like mouth  breathing, thumb sucking or nail biting. 
Why do I have crooked teeth? 
The basic treatment is orthodontics, commonly understood as wires and braces. How long the braces need to be put, what kind of braces options you have, will there be any surgical procedures involved too - all this varies from case to case. In mild and selected cases, you may also have the options of teeth recontouring and dental veneers to mask the malaligned teeth and give you a beautiful smile. 
What is the solution? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. Can I get braces done at any age? - Yes you can. Age is no longer considered a restrictive factor for braces treatments and adult orthodontics have become very common. However, you do need to have healthy gums and teeth for a good orthodontic treatment. 
  2. Will I require to have some teeth removed? - This will have to be assessed by an orthodontist. If we need more space to push your teeth in or to realign them, extractions would be required. 
  3. I am happy with my smile. Can I let the crooked teeth be? - Even though majority of people seek correction of crooked teeth for cosmetic reasons, that is not the only reason why you should have your teeth straightened out. Crooked teeth allow food to stagnate even after your best efforts at brushing, causing dental cavities and gum problems later on. If your teeth do not bite equally and symmetrically on both sides, as is often the case with crooked teeth, it may also cause problems like headache and earache.