Crowded, crooked or 'misaligned' teeth are concerns for many children and adults.

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Some people may feel unhappy with the appearance of their smile and would prefer to have them straightened. Our specialist dentists are able to help patients feel more confident in their appearance, by fixing misaligned and crowded teeth in adults.

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What Causes Crowded Teeth?

Both your baby teeth and your adult teeth can grow in crooked, or become crooked over time.

This can largely be due to the space that is in your mouth. In most cases, if a child’s baby teeth grow in a crowded position then it is likely that their adult teeth will also do the same. Teeth can become crowded due to a wide number of reasons and it is important that misaligned teeth are treated to avoid complications further down the line.

Factors that contribute to crowding include:

  • Prolonged digit/dummy sucking habits – can affect both the baby and adult teeth
  • Jaw size – smaller or narrower jaws cannot accommodate large adult teeth
  • Early loss of teeth- when baby teeth are lost early due to dental decay then the space for the adult both to come through can be compromised leading to crowding
  • Large-sized or extra teeth
  • Injury or trauma – an impact on the teeth or face can cause one or more teeth to shift out of place.

Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause problems both dentally and aesthetically, including:

  • Periodontal disease – difficulties in being able to clean the teeth properly can lead to gum disease
  • Tooth decay- crowded teeth are traps for plaque and this can lead to tooth decay
  • Speech problems – the way in which sounds are articulated can be disrupted by crowded teeth
  • Chewing and digestion – this can be affected when food is not chewed properly
  • Tooth wear – crowded teeth may not fit well together during function and this can lead to wear of the teeth
  • Self- esteem – a direct result of feeling unhappy with your appearance
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If you need or wish to have your misaligned teeth straightened, then you need to see an orthodontist who is a specialist in brace treatment. They will be able to assess your concerns and advise on the best treatment plan for you.

Treatment options for crowded teeth can include the wearing of removable or fixed braces for a specified period of time, undergoing jaw surgery, improving your smile, dental health and functioning of the mouth.

To find out more about how we can help your crowded teeth and gain some confidence, get in touch today.


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