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Many people may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile due to the crowding of teeth which consequently leads to crooked teeth. It may appear that there is not enough space in your mouth for all your teeth.
Our consultants have seen this impact our patient’s confidence. Bad teeth are also damaging to your oral health and hygiene.
Overcrowded teeth can cause tartar and plaque build-up, which can lead to symptoms of gum disease, infection and even tooth decay.
Teeth can appear crowded due to a variety of reasons:
- The jaw bone may be too small so cannot accommodate all the teeth
- The teeth may be too big so do not fit the “normal” size jaw bone
- There may be an imbalance between muscles of tongue, cheeks, and lips
There are several ways to do this, however, the most common way is either to extract some teeth, redesign the arch form or to use a technique called IPR (Inter Proximal Reduction).
In most Invisalign cases we may re-design the arch form or use IPR. The technique of choice will ultimately be dependent on the results of your orthodontic examination and assessment and the complexity of your specific requirements.
Your Perfect Smile professional dentist will advise the appropriate method for you.
The Dental Arch
One way of fixing crowded teeth is expanding the bone. But this can involve complex lengthy treatment.
However, we can create the illusion of an expanded bone by flaring out the arch form of the teeth to accommodate the width of all the teeth and align them to appear straight.
However, this treatment is very case-specific and if correct teeth width versus arch length is not analyzed the teeth could look flared. Your dentist will be able to advise for your specific case during the assessment.
IPR – Inter Proximal Reduction
The teeth are prepared on the sides to make the necessary room for levelling and aligning your teeth. The amount of tooth involved in very little (maximum 0.5mm) and we always remain in enamel.
This is often a more suitable and practical alternative to tooth extraction for space.
In most cases, Invisalign can create beautiful results with very minimal intervention.
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Medically reviewed & updated on December 15, 2021