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What causes misaligned bites or crooked teeth?

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Crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites are traits you’re born with, just like the color of your eyes or size of your hands. But other things can cause your teeth to go out of alignment. They include:

  • Losing your baby or adult teeth too soon
  • Ill-fitting dental fillings or crowns
  • Gum disease
  • Unusual pressure on the teeth and gums
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Tumors of the mouth or jaw
  • Thumb sucking or using a pacifier or bottle too long

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

SOURCE:

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

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