Crowding of the teeth
When teeth emerge but there is not sufficient space to accommodate them, they will begin to turn or move out of alignment. This results in teeth that are crowded. If treated when the patient is young, the intervention is usually less complex than treating an adult. There are other reasons to treat this condition promptly.
Why Fix Teeth Crowding?
This is not just a cosmetic issue. If left untreated, crowded teeth probably will result in a number of serious short and long term dental issues.
- Aligning teeth and supporting bone structure will increase the durability and strength of the teeth over time.
- Chewing will be more effective avoiding poor digestion.
- Jaw alignment and tooth occlusion (the meeting of upper and lower teeth) are better.
- Easier and more effective use of dental hygiene avoiding decay and gum disease.
- Avoiding premature wear and tooth loss from their rubbing against each other.
- Avoiding long-term jaw joint damage.
- Early treatment lowers the chances of the need for major treatments with aging.
Crowded Teeth Treatments
There are a number of treatments available and the choice will depend on the severity of the crowding and the age of the patient. It can be as minor as the use of a removable appliance or as major as the need to extract teeth. Options include:
- Clear aligners/Invisalign