Crowded teeth are a type of malocclusion of teeth that leads to serious dental health complications. Teeth may not be able to perform vital functions due to crowding. Improper jaw structure or alignment, frequent use of pacifiers, thumb sucking, tumors or poor dental care may result in crowded teeth. Symptoms are:
• Misalignment of teeth
• Altered facial appearance
• Speech problems
• Discomfort while chewing or biting
• Frequent biting of cheeks or tongue
HOW IS CROWDED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Crowded teeth are typically diagnosed through routine dental exams. Your dentist will examine your teeth and may perform dental X-rays to determine if your teeth are properly aligned. If malocclusion is detected, it will be classified by its type and severity.
HOW IS CROWDED TEETH TREATED?
Teeth can be straightened with braces or with porcelain restorations placed on top of the teeth. Braces with surgery can be another option to treat crowded teeth. It would require cosmetic dentistry in the later stages for complete correction of crowded teeth.
DID YOU KNOW?
Treatment for crowded teeth may cause some other issues such as tooth decay, pain and discomfort. However, this is often temporary.