Many people think orthodontic treatment is only needed for “crooked” teeth. But what about crowded teeth? Crowded teeth occur when teeth are running out of space and start pressing together in a disjointed way, reducing the amount of space between them. Crowded teeth are a common problem in both adults and children. Treating crowded teeth while young is ideal, as it leads to less dental intervention later in life. If left untreated, teeth crowding can lead to severely crooked teeth as teeth shift to move in front of and behind one another. But that’s not the only reason to fix crowded teeth; crowding can cause other serious problems as well.
Teeth crowding is not only a cosmetic problem. Crowded teeth, if left untreated, can result in many serious short-term and long-term dental health issues. Here are just a few reasons to consider treating crowded teeth before they lead to more serious problems:
So, what can be done to fix teeth crowding? Treatments range from minor intervention with a removable appliance, to possibly needing months or years of treatment, or in extreme cases, removal of one or more teeth. The best treatment needed to fix your teeth crowding problem depends on how severe your crowding is and your age when starting treatment. Possible courses of treatment include:
If you would like a consultation to examine your crowded teeth and establish a plan for treatment, we at Kimbrough Orthodontics are here to help! 281-358-8551