Crowded Teeth

It’s reported that 3 out of 4 children have crowded teeth. But this problem is not only in childhood but also in adulthood. 

Overcrowding is not just an aesthetic problem

Do most of the teeth in your jaw overlap? Do you have too many teeth or little space in your mouth to fit them all, resulting in overcrowding? Are you thinking about correcting your tooth misalignment? Dental crowding is not just an aesthetic concern but also a health problem, as overcrowded teeth are difficult to keep clean and healthy, often creating the perfect environment for gum disease to thrive. 

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Dental crowding, which contributes to dental decay, gum disease, and excess tooth wear, is one of the top-treated misalignments in the UK.

Thousands of patients nationwide seek orthodontic intervention every year to prevent the oral problems associated with overcrowding and improve the look and balance of their smiles. 

How can you tell you have crowded teeth?

  • You visibly notice that teeth overlap one another.
  • You find it difficult to floss between teeth. 
  • Teeth can sometimes appear crooked.
  • Have difficulty chewing.
  • Frequently bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek.

Treatments for overcrowded teeth

  • If the overlap is slight or less than 3mm is missing from the arch, one easy option to fix overcrowding is dental veneers. These make for a natural-looking transformation that can be completed in as little as one appointment with composite veneers, which is record-time for correcting teeth crowding. 
  • If your overcrowding is moderate, severe, or complex, then orthodontics is the best option to realign your teeth, which will be the most effective choice to treat the problem properly. If you hate the sound of braces, then don’t fret. Several types of modern orthodontic treatments are available today, including invisible options and removable aligners like Invisalign, which can straighten teeth in less than 12 months.

Guide to Crowded teeth

Diagnosing the severity of your crowding
  • Mild: This level is also known as single-tooth crowding. It is defined as one tooth in either the upper or lower jaws that is slightly rotated or misaligned. 
  • Moderate: Occurs when two to three teeth overlap in either jaw.
  • Severe: Most upper and lower teeth overlap, resulting in abnormal bite patterns.
The reason and causes behind crowded teeth

Dental crowding is a malposition caused by a lack of space in the mouth. It shifts and moves teeth into incorrect positions, making them improperly aligned with the rest of the smile. Usually caused by a lack of space in the mouth, other known causes of overcrowded teeth include:

 

  • The size of your jaw is too small (genetics)
  • Teeth are larger than the jaw and do not fit comfortably
  • You have a narrow or ogival palate
  • Missing or broken teeth cause other teeth to move
  • Permanent baby teeth not coming through correctly
  • Losing your baby teeth too early causes another tooth to move into the gap
  • Wisdom teeth erupting without any space displacing existing teeth
Ignoring overcrowding - the risks

Dental crowding is often associated with the following conditions:

 

  • Periodontal disease and chewing difficulties
  • Tooth decay and bad breath
  • Speech difficulties
  • Poor oral hygiene and tooth pain
  • Excess tooth wear and cavities
  • Chronic headaches
  • Bite problems and difficulty flossing
  • General health problems involving the heart
  • Tooth discomfort when biting
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Bruxism and tooth-grinding
  • Tooth erosion and worn-down teeth
  • Speech problems like lisp