How Can Crowded Teeth Be Improved?

How Can Crowded Teeth Be Improved?

Feb 07, 2015

Crowded teeth are a common occurrence, with many people simply not having quite enough room to accommodate a full mouthful of permanent teeth. Teeth can overlap, diminishing the appearance of your smile and moving them out of proper alignment. If your alignment problems are not serious, cosmetic dentistry can help you look your best if you have crowded teeth.

Consequences of Crowded Teeth

If there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your permanent teeth, they can come in crowded. The edges of the teeth can overlap each other, pushing teeth forward or backward or causing them to sit at an angle in the mouth. In some cases, a tooth can even emerge behind the main row of teeth.

The most severe consequence of crowded teeth is misalignment. The bottom and top teeth do not meet at the proper angles. This means the pressure exerted when you bite and chew is not distributed evenly. The uneven pressure can lead to numerous long-term problems, including:

  • Severe wear and tear
  • Misalignment of the jawbone
  • Headaches
  • Discomfort in the jaw
  • Clenching and grinding

If your misalignment is severe, you might need orthodontic treatment to move your teeth into the proper position. However, if the crowding has only led to cosmetic issues, our cosmetic dentist can help improve the look of your smile.

Solutions for Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth that cause severe malocclusion, or misaligned bite, will require treatment from an orthodontist such as traditional braces, a palate expander, or Invisalign. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, cosmetic dentistry can help disguise this, improving the look of your smile. One popular way to accomplish this is with dental veneers, a treatment that can be performed right in our dental office.

Veneers are very thin and made of porcelain. They are affixed to the surface of your tooth, and are custom-made so they match both the color and the shape of your natural teeth. The result is a very natural-looking restoration that can correct a number of cosmetic issues. This includes improving the look of slightly crooked or crowded teeth.

Call our team today and set up a consultation with our caring dentist.