Crowded teeth: What is it and how is it corrected?

Crowded teeth: What is it and how is it corrected?
Posted on 12/29/2022
Here at Huls Orthodontics, Dr. Mark B. Huls has seen his share of dental issues. One of those issues that most frequently plagues people is crowded teeth. Dental crowding is a type of malocclusion – a fancy way of saying "bad bite" – that happens as the upper and lower mandibles develop. That's why we see this problem so often in children and young adults.

As serious as this condition can be, it is fortunately quite treatable. With the right Champaign orthodontic treatment at our office, we can help you or your child regain that beautiful, straight, shining smile.

How Does Dental Crowding Happen?

Dental crowding happens when teeth have to compete for space in the top and/or bottom jaw. This crowding causes them to become misaligned, twisted, or to even start inverting toward the back of the mouth.

Your top teeth should ideally hang just a little over the bottom teeth, but this doesn't always happen, so your bite is thrown off. External factors and genetic issues that cause jaw size problems can contribute to this. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of problems, including being painful.

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Is Dental Crowding Bad For Your Teeth?

Dental crowding is indeed bad for your oral health in general. Here at your friendly family orthodontist in Champaign, we see a lot of issues resulting from dental crowding. Those problems include:
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
  • Gum/periodontal disease
  • Cavities
  • Aching jaw or teeth
  • Difficulties chewing
And, of course, this can lead you to feel insecure about your smile. If you notice dental crowding in your child, note that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends getting this issue addressed around age 7 to prevent further complications.

Champaign Orthodontic Treatment For Dental Crowding

Our Champaign orthodontic treatment can take on several forms, catering to your unique needs. In some cases, braces are pivotal for helping teeth properly align. Metal, ceramic, or lingual braces are all options.

Invisalign is another option. These clear aligners are a hypoallergenic alternative and are very discreet. They can be removed to eat and brush teeth.

Some patients need teeth extracted to create room. As few teeth as possible are removed, then the process of moving the teeth can begin.

Retainers prevent teeth from sliding back into their old places after the braces come off. They should always be worn as instructed.

Developing Your Plan With Your Family Orthodontist

Each patient of Dr. Huls gets a treatment plan to fit their needs. He will meet with you and your child, assess your teeth, and give you his recommendations moving forward.

Consider Invisalign Treatment

Getting crowded teeth corrected is important. Delaying it into adulthood can cause further complications, so it is best to get this treated when your child is young and still growing. Contact us today to schedule an initial appointment and help your child feel better about their smile.