Why do we have crooked teeth?
Only around 10% of the UK population have their teeth emerging in the correct place in relation to their jaw bones growth as they grow up. In other words, this means that many of us have jaws that are too small, big or out of proportion to each other. We also have too many, too few, a different shape of teeth emerging into these jaws. If we suck our thumbs or grind our teeth excessively when younger we can alter the development of our mouth.
The outcomes of this are children and adults with gaps between their teeth, overcrowding of teeth, crooked teeth and teeth that are worn down because they are in the wrong place when we chew.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics, the movement of teeth and jaws, and has been practiced since the Aristotle and Archimedes first figured out that teeth could move in the mouth and remain healthy if the force applied to them was not excessive. Catgut was wound around teeth to aid their movement. Thankfully today we do not need catgut, but we do need something elastic and rubber is a far more forgiving material.
Modern orthodontics is available to both adults and children. At Keppel Advanced Dentistry in Sutton, Surrey our specialist orthodontist, Dr Raman Aulakh can help people improve both the look and feel of their mouths with fixed and removable brace treatments.