What is malaligned mouth?

Few teeth in your mouth seem to be out of alignment you have a maligned mouth. Teeth may erupt crooked, seem to appear in front or behind due to lack of space within the jaw. At times teeth do not have sufficient space to erupt in a proper alignment.

Maligned teeth make it difficult to maintain hygiene and make it more prone to cavities and gum diseases. Chewing efficiency is also hampered when teeth are out of alignment.

Key facts on Malaligned Mouth


Your jaw size and the size of your teeth matter when it comes to malaligned teeth.


Genetics play a role in deciding the size of your jaw and tooth.


Malaligned teeth not only hampers aesthetics but also causes speech problems.

What causes Malaligned Mouth?

Many of your habits can cause malaligned mouth.

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  • Poor Oral Hygiene. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, you could get gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease)
  • Early baby tooth loss
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Mouth breathing

Medical Conditions

  • Malnutrition
  • Trauma


  • Genetics. Crooked teeth can be genetic. Crowding, jaw size, jaw shape, having too many teeth (hyperdontia), overbites, underbites, and poor tooth or palate development are some of the conditions that can be passed down in your family.

Key facts on Malaligned Mouth

Common signs and symptoms

  • Upper teeth seem to be more proclined( protruding out)
  • Lower jaw/ teeth seem to be more forward
  • one or more teeth are out of alignment
  • Canines are protruding out
  • overlapping of teeth
  • spacing between your teeth
  • crowding in lower / upper teeth
  • Few teeth are bigger then other teeth
  • Few teeth may be smaller than other teeth
  • One/ few teeth may be twisted or rotated
  • Severe misalignments can affect things like eating, drinking and speaking, or cause breathing problems.
  • Sometimes teeth dig into your lips or the gums opposite when you close your mouth, which can be painful.
  • The affected teeth may become wobbly.
  • Tooth decay may develop, and the teeth may be more prone to damage if you have an accident.
  • After a while the joints of the jaw might start hurting and the jaw muscles may tighten.
  • Pain in jaw joint while chewing or opening and closing your mouth

Consequences / long term impact if not addressed in time

  • Difficult to maintain oral hygiene
  • Gingivitis and bleeding gums
  • Periodontitis (gum disease spreading to the bone)
  • Unpleasant smile and face aesthetics
  • Lower self confidence

Prone to which oral diseases

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Bleeding gums

Prone to which overall diseases

  • Crooked teeth
  • Other types of misalignment can cause the joints of the jaw to ache, make a clicking or popping sound, or become “blocked.” This can make it impossible to open your mouth wide, for instance.
  • Compensatory movements and teeth grinding can cause the teeth to wear each other down.
  • Hidden cavities between two teeth
  • Gum diseases like gingivitis
  • Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis
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At-home care (Habits)

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  • Technique of brushing is more important than frequency of brushing
  • Make sure to clean your tongue to get rid of white coating on your tongue
  • Use the right brushing technique to brush your teeth
  • Small brushing tools e.g proxa brushes can help clean small spaces between teeth
  • Oil pulling daily in the morning can prevent plaque and calculus attachment on teeth surfaces
  • Make sure to clean inside surfaces of teeth.


  • Don’t skip flossing to keep the interdental spaces clean.

Composition of Oral Care products required

  • Toothpaste – Anti-plaque toothpaste to remove plaque as local irritants to gum tissues.
  • Toothbrush – Ultra soft bristle tapered toothbrush to clean below the gum line.
  • Mouthwash- Non alcoholic pain relieving mouthwash aids in speeding up the healing process.
  • Gum care – Gum massaging ointment containing hemostatic agent to stop bleeding
  • Floss – Waxed coating dental tape floss
  • Tongue cleaner – U-shaped / silicon tongue cleaner

Recommended Product Kit for Malaligned Mouth

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Thermoseal Proxa Interdental brush

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Gubb Silicone Tongue Cleaner

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Treatment in the clinic (Hygiene & Corrective Treatments)

  • In office -Invisible aligners
  • Metal Braces teeth alignment
  • Ceramic braces teeth alignment
  • Minor aesthetic corrections like veneers

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