Overcrowded teeth are one of the most common issues we see at Doyle Orthodontics. Most people wonder why that is? Aside from genetics, typically there is not enough space due to the size of adult teeth. The most common case is when the upper and lower jaws are not big enough to accommodate every tooth. Overcrowded teeth is a condition far more common than people think. This article helps explain what it is and how we at Doyle Orthodontics treat it.
What is the Impact of Teeth Crowding?
The impact of overcrowded teeth extends beyond how your smile looks. Crooked teeth allow plaque and calculus to build up in hard-to-reach areas, sitting on your teeth unbothered and causing decay. It also makes them harder to restore with fillings and crowns, which leads to problems like gum disease. Teeth that are aligned properly will last a lifetime, whereas overcrowded and crooked teeth have a much shorter lifespan. To avoid premature wear, tooth loss, and gum disease, it is recommended that patients take care of their overcrowded teeth as soon as possible.
Treatments for Overcrowded Teeth
For patients with teeth crowding, our orthodontists would want to skeletally widen the jaws to accommodate the crowded teeth. The recommended age to get this would be between the ages of 7 and 10. This is when bones are easiest to manipulate. Teeth will naturally align as the jaws are widened. This creates healthy and stable teeth and gums. Normally, the process takes around 8 to 10 months followed by 6 months of stabilization.
Can Teens Receive Treatment for Overcrowding?
While we recommend this type of procedure at a younger age, teenagers are still able to get help for their overcrowded teeth. The two most common treatments are traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Invisalign is currently the most popular treatment for older patients, as it is the least noticeable and requires fewer visits. Traditional braces, however, are still reserved for more serious cases. The best way to determine what treatment you need is to speak with a professional.
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Overcrowded teeth can have long term effects on your dental and physical health. Luckily, there is no age at which treatment is too late. Contact us today and schedule a consultation.