I've noticed that my daughter's teeth aren't growing straight. Her teeth are too big. There doesn't seem to be enough space for them.
How old is your daughter?
She's eight years old and I'm very worried that she's going to have crowded (crooked) teeth like mine.
Yes, malocclusion is very often related to heredity.
Occlusion refers to the way that the teeth fit together, and their position in the mouth. The word malocclusion means that the teeth don't fit together properly.
Make an appointment for your daughter so that I can examine her and refer her to an orthodontist if I think that it's necessary.
Are there other causes for malocclusion?
Malocclusion can be related to habits such as thumb sucking or premature loss of the deciduous (milk, baby) teeth.
It's very important to make a space maintainer if the second deciduous molar is lost too soon.
This will help to prevent a malocclusion from developing.
Most of the time, a malocclusion is caused by the fact that the teeth are too large in relation to the size of the jaws
Can you extract the teeth, Doctor?
Extracting deciduous teeth may help temporarily, but it's usually necessary to remove some of the adult (permanent) teeth to make enough space for the remaining teeth. Then orthodontic appliances (braces) are used to move the teeth into a normal position.