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Crowded Teeth and the Problems They Cause

What are crowded teeth?

Crowded teeth (also known as malocclusion or crooked teeth) are teeth that are irregularly positioned, or teeth that are not aligned. 

What causes crowded teeth?

This condition is usually inherited but there are some conditions or habits that may change the shape and structure of the jaw such as prolonged use of bottle feeding and thumb sucking in early childhood, losing baby teeth or permanent teeth too early, and mouth breathing.

What are the problems crowded teeth cause?

Think appearance is the only thing affected by crowded teeth? Think again. Crowded teeth can adversely affect your health in ways that might surprise you – stretching beyond your mouth to the rest of your body and even your mind. Let’s explore the issues to understand why we should not ignore crowded teeth.

1. Low self-esteem

Having a crooked smile can really damage a person’s confidence. It can cause them to hide their smiles and feel uncomfortable speaking in public or meeting new people. This will have an impact on their ability to socialise and networking. 

2. Career choice

Whether we like it or not, we are frequently judged by our appearance, and this is even more so in certain industries. People with crowded teeth (or metal braces on) will find it almost impossible to land a job as a flight attendant, model, front desk receptionist or TV host. 

3. Oral health 

It’s hard to brush and floss thoroughly when you have crowded teeth. The challenge in maintaining oral health makes it easier for plaque, tartar and harmful bacteria to build up – and over time, cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

4. Risk of tooth wear and injuries

Crowded teeth often cause some of the bottom teeth to rub against your upper teeth. Over time, this can lead to undue wear of tooth enamel. Meanwhile, protruding upper teeth are more likely to chip or crack in the event of an accident.

5. Other health issue 

Not many people know this, but oral infections may lead to more serious ailments, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia. A misaligned bite won’t be able to perform vital functions and lead to other issues. It can cause stress headaches, neck and jaw pain, as well as increased clenching. 

So now you know the problems caused by crowded teeth. The good news is, it’s possible to improve the alignment of your teeth with become invisible braces! If you want to get your teeth straightened without having bulky brackets in your mouth, we have the solution at an affordable price. To determine if you are a good fit for become orthodontic treatment, answer this 5-question assessment.

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Crowded Teeth Causes & Solutions

Teeth that aren’t perfectly aligned are unique to you and can add personality and charm to your smile. Crowded teeth or malocclusion are quite common, and those who grew up suffering from crowded teeth obviously don’t want their children to have to go through the same thing. The question is, can this condition be prevented? To answer that question, let’s take a look at what causes crowded teeth in the first place.

What causes crowded teeth?

There are plenty of reasons why our teeth are crooked, some of which are even preventable. It may be genetic, or they may be a result of the way that we live or care for our teeth. Here are some of the most common underlying causes for crooked teeth:

1. Losing baby teeth too early

If a child loses its baby teeth far before the adult teeth are completely ready to grow in, the adult teeth may drift in the gums and end up not growing properly into their spot.

2. Losing baby teeth too late

If a baby tooth is particularly stubborn and doesn’t want to fall out, the permanent tooth may erupt behind it, making a second row of teeth farther back than where it would otherwise be. 

3. Childhood myofunctional habits

Thumb-sucking, mouth-breathing, tongue thrusting and prolonged pacifier or bottle use are common myofunctional habits of young children. These habits can lead to incorrect dental and facial development.

4. Small jaw

As we get older and grow, our teeth and jaw follow suit, but that process doesn’t always run completely smoothly. It’s quite common for people with crowded teeth to have a jaw that’s too small to fit all the adult teeth in a straight, neat line. 

5. Facial injury

A car accident, a fall down the stairs, or an elbow to the face during a rugby game can knock teeth out of place, resulting in one or more crooked teeth. A hard hit to the face can also cause jaw misalignment.

6. Poor dental care

Untreated gum disease and cavities can lead to crooked teeth and other dental health problems, which in the end will make teeth more misaligned. 

How to Treat Crowded Teeth?

The most common treatment for crowded teeth is metal braces as they can fix even severe misalignments. However, for those with only mild to moderate misalignment of their teeth, invisible braces are the best option as they are removable, and allow you to inconspicuously achieve a perfect smile. While there may be some initial discomfort, invisible braces won’t irritate your mouth tissues like metal braces do. 

If you are not sure how severe your teeth misalignment is, you may take our assessment here and see if become invisible braces are the right treatment for you!