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Crowded teeth is a common condition seen in many people who have misaligned jaws. Also known as Malocclusion of teeth, this condition can give rise to many oral complications. Symptoms such as frequent biting of inner cheeks and jaws, speech disorders and breathing problems are common with crowded teeth.
HOW IS CROWDED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists may diagnose crowded teeth through physical examination. They may also order for a dental X-ray and teeth impressions for checking the alignment of teeth.
HOW IS CROWDED TEETH TREATED?
Treatment of crowded teeth may be done based on the diagnosis. Some cases may require teeth extraction to make space for the crowded teeth. Braces may be fitted for correcting teeth alignment. Reshaping, recapping, and capping of teeth also may be done to correct teeth alignment. Wires or plates may be used for correcting the jaw bone
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the reasons for crowding of teeth can be genetic factors. Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the other causes of crowded teeth.