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Crowded Teeth: Causes and Treatment Options

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Crowded teeth can be a frustrating and uncomfortable dental issue, affecting millions of people worldwide. This condition occurs when there is not enough space in the mouth for all of your teeth to fit properly, causing them to overlap or twist. 

If left untreated, crowded teeth can lead to problems with biting and chewing, as well as difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Fortunately, there are also several treatment options available to correct this issue. 

In this article, we will explore the various causes of crowded teeth and delve into the available treatment options. 

What causes crowded teeth?

There are several causes of crowded teeth, including genetics, poor oral habits, and injury. Genetics play a significant role in determining the size and shape of the jaw and your teeth. If your jaw is too small, there may not be enough room for your teeth to fit properly, leading to overlapping of your teeth. 

Poor oral habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing can also contribute to crowded teeth. While injuries to your mouth or jaw can cause teeth to shift and become crowded.

Signs and symptoms of crowded teeth

Crowded teeth can present in a number of ways . These include overlapping or twisted teeth, difficulty in flossing or brushing, problems with biting and chewing and a crowded appearance in your mouth. 

The impact of crowded teeth on oral health

Crowded teeth can have a significant impact on your oral health. When teeth are crowded, it becomes more difficult to properly clean your teeth and gums, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Crowded teeth can also lead to problems with biting and chewing, causing discomfort and difficulty eating certain foods. 

If left untreated, crowded teeth can lead to speech problems and a lack of self-confidence but more worryingly can lead to serious dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.

Treatment options for crowded teeth

The most common treatment for crowded teeth is Invisalign, which involves clear plastic trays being worn on your teeth daily to gradually move them into the correct position. Another treatment option for crowded teeth is veneers, which are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance and correct minor alignment issues.

Invisalign for crowded teeth

In cases of mild to moderate crowding, Invisalign can be an effective treatment option as aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into their correct positions. As your teeth move, new sets of aligners are used to continue the process until the desired results are achieved. 

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, making them a more discreet option than traditional metal braces. Another big advantage of Invisalign is they are removable so you can continue to eat your favourite foods and maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.

It’s important to note that in cases of severe crowding or other complex orthodontic issues, traditional braces may be a more effective treatment option. If you’re considering Invisalign for crowded teeth, it’s best to consult with one of our trained dentists at Lifestyle Smiles to help you  determine which is the right option for you.

Veneers for crowded teeth