4 Habits That Cause Crooked Teeth

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  • Published Date: July 1, 2019
  • Updated Date: August 9, 2022
  • Reading Time: 5 min

If we had a penny for every time someone didn’t smile fully out of shame for displaying their crooked teeth..! It also doesn’t help that crooked teeth offer a sanctuary for harmful bacteria to settle and grow in your mouth. Don’t you just wish you could stop your teeth from moving into a crooked position? While teeth aligners can help you fix crooked teeth, we dig deeper to find out what causes them in the first place.

1. Poor Diet

Eating unhealthy foods can weaken your teeth because they don’t contain the correct amount of vitamins. Food which contains fibre such as fruits, vegetables, etc. is good because it toughens up your gums and helps remove plaque from your teeth.

On the other hand, anything high in sugar has a bad effect on teeth such as chocolates, juice, candy, etc. are harmful to your teeth. Not having your teeth checked at least twice a year by a dentist can sometimes result in issues such as gum disease or cavities. This can lead to crooked teeth which negatively impact your general health if you don’t get them fixed on time. Try to avoid junk foods and stay cavity-free to keep your teeth straight and healthy.

Habits that can damage your teeth are as follows:

* Eating acidic food and coloured drinks
* Eating too many sweets and sugar products
* Using your teeth as a tool for opening bottles and packages can harm your teeth
* Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
* Chewing on ice and hard foods

2. Bruxism

It’s a condition in which people grind or clench their teeth. It is a dangerous habit that significantly affects dental health. There are two types of bruxism, during sleep bruxism or you are awake.

If your kids are clenching or grinding their teeth stop them because, in future, teeth straightening can be painful if you choose metal braces. But with new technology such as invisible braces, there is no need to worry since they have many advantages over traditional braces. Invisible braces are safe, comfortable, low cost and less painful for your child to wear. We recommend invisible aligners only for those who have permanent teeth and have lost all of their baby teeth.

Bruxism affects your dental health in many ways;

* While sleeping your partner can get disturbed due to the loud sound of your grinding and clenching
* Teeth can get a fracture, loose or by rubbing can get flat.
* Teeth become sensitive
* Unbearable pain in the jaw
* Pain in ears

3. Bad oral hygiene

One of the main reasons people suffer from gum disease and tooth decay is incorrect brushing and flossing which are the two leading causes of tooth loss. If teeth are unaligned it creates trouble in brushing teeth hence, leads to plaque formation that leads to gum disease.

4. Thumb-sucking

Since adolescence, thumb sucking is a habit that has been held by many individuals and it can have major implications on your smile. The thumb-sucking impact on your teeth will not be severe until your permanent teeth begin to develop. Sucking the thumb in this period may lead to misalignment of teeth. When you suck your thumb, you push your upper teeth forward.

Habits like nail biting, tongue thrusting, and sucking finger are the consequence of bad childhood oral habits. Thumb sucking can shred the teeth’s alignment and can lead to an expensive dental job in the future.

The types of unalignment caused by thumb sucking are open bite and overbite.
Open bite means the upper and lower teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed. Overbite means when the upper front teeth overlap with the lower front teeth.


Invisible aligners are the best and most modern solution that is being used to treat crooked teeth. Clear aligners straighten teeth, a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made and fit perfectly over your teeth. The advantage of using invisible aligners for teeth straightening is that they are virtually invisible and do not contain poking wires and brackets. On top of that, braces cost far more than aligners.

*What happens if you stop wearing retainers?

After your aligner treatment gets over you will start wearing a retainer which is worn to keep the teeth in their newly aligned position. After completing with clear aligners, you need to wear the retainer for a while to keep the teeth stable until the jaw and gums grow around the new position. If you are not wearing your retainer your teeth will start moving back to their original position so it will be a waste of money spent on the treatment.

To find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for invisible braces, simply fill out our 30 seconds free assessment. You’ll have your answer within a couple of minutes!


    1. Hello Chaya,
      If you order the retainers with the package it will cost 49.99 GBP and if you order it later then it will cost 99 GBP. Thanks

    1. Absolutely correct Leona,
      Eating unhealthy foods can weaken your teeth because they don’t contain the correct amount of vitamins. Food which contains fiber such as fruits, vegetables, etc. is good because it toughens up your gums and helps remove plaque off your teeth.

  1. Retainers are the most important part of the teeth straightening process or else it will be a waste of money, time and effort.

    1. Absolutely correct. Retainer is to be worn for 1 year of the total for the first 6 months wear them for 20-22 hours a day and for the next 6 months only in the night to enhance the results.

    1. Nothing is to late Heather, You can start the treatment now and have a straight teeth in just 6-7 months. This is the new technology for teeth straightening, so no need to visit dentist office all the treatment will be done from the comfort of your home. Thanks

    1. Clear aligners is good solution to straighten your teeth than braces. Aligners is easy to remove and use. Aligners is the best choice to treat crooked teeth.

  2. Having crooked teeth can be a reason for stress and having a stress free solution sure sounds good!

    1. Yes its a stress free new technology to align crooked teeth. Each aligners are made of different shapes and they move your teeth little by little.

  3. Every problem has a solution. And for crooked teeth clear aligners is the best solution there is in my opinion.

    1. For many patients, clear aligners are a great way to correct issues with their smile alignment. StraightMyTeeth clear aligners can fix mild to moderate levels of overbites, underbites, crossbites, gap teeth, open bites, crowded teeth, and general crookedness. All this treatment will be done without visiting to the dentist office.

    1. StraightMyTeeth Aligners can fix crooked teeth and yes aligners are easy solution for crooked teeth. Crowded teeth are also known as malocclusion, it affects 74% of American adults. If it is left untreated it can lead to periodontal disease and create an abnormal amount of stress on teeth and jaws which can lead to premature wear. The effects of crooked teeth can worsen over time and may adversely affect your overall health.
      Crowded teeth can fracture the edges of teeth, additionally, a bad bite may produce improper forces on the jaw joint that may lead towards the pain in the jaw and even cause headaches. It becomes difficult to remove plaque and bacteria from the crowded area, bacteria that is not properly removed will multiply and trigger periodontal disease which begins as gum inflammation, redness and bleeding while brushing and flossing.

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