Crowded teeth occur when your mouth doesn’t have enough room for your teeth to develop correctly.
Not having enough jaw room will cause your teeth to bunch up, overlap, and even twist into a poor position.
Overcrowded teeth can cause several issues for the individual affected, some of which may include; speech problems, extreme plaque build-up, bad breath, discomfort, and even wearing down of the jaw and teeth.
Luckily, with today’s technology, correcting crowded teeth is more achievable than ever before, and the potential for optimal results is exceptionally high with professional treatment.
What is your best option for fixing crowded teeth? Well, let’s discuss a little further and dive right into that.
First and foremost, crowded teeth are generally caused by a genetic predisposition.
The most common genetic predispositions that cause crowded teeth include teeth that are too large for the jaw or a jaw that has developed too small altogether. Losing one’s primary teeth far too early can also leave room for overcrowding and misalignment.
Although teeth crowing is usually genetic, there are other instances (such as bad habits) that may promote the development of misaligned teeth.
Bad habits that cause overcrowding usually happen in the early stages of life and include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and the overuse of a pacifier.
Now that we’ve covered the root causes of teeth crowding let’s talk about what you came here for- The best way to fix it!
Traditional metal braces are the most common and most effective way to correct overcrowded and misaligned teeth; this is because metal braces are the strongest (fixed brace) material available to correct moderate to severe teeth crowding.
Using durable metal brackets, wires, and electric bands, an orthodontist can gradually and gently shift your teeth into their optimal position.
The process of metal braces is the most dependable because of their strong, steady tension throughout the alignment process.
Not only do metal braces gently and safely guide your teeth into position, but they also help keep them there by following a planned out adjustment timeline and proper aftercare procedures.
The application process is virtually painless and typically only takes an hour or two, so all in all, no, braces do not hurt.
However, it is entirely reasonable to experience occasionally soreness or tender areas throughout the process due to the gradual tension of the treatment.
You can manage any tension discomfort by:
If you are dealing with crowded teeth and are ready to make a change, consider braces.
Braces are a great way to gently align your teeth, correct your bite, and give you a million-dollar smile you’ve always wanted.
To learn more about the teeth straightening process and your options, give Kimbrough Orthodontics a call today!