crowding of the teeth
Crowding is the lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws. The teeth may be twisted or displaced. Crowding occurs when there is disharmony in the tooth to jaw size relationship, or when the teeth are larger than the available space in the jaws. Crowding may be caused by early or late loss of primary teeth, or possible improper eruption of teeth and other causes.
Crowding should be corrected because it may:
- prevent proper cleaning of all the surfaces of your teeth.
- cause dental decay.
- increase the chances of developing gum disease due to difficulty in effective brushing
- interfere with proper functioning and chewing with teeth.
- make your smile less attractive.
How can crowding be Orthodontically corrected?
Extra space can be created by expansion of the arches or possibly extraction of teeth. Once space is created, braces can eliminate the crowding and align the teeth. Correction of crowding can help prevent dental decay and periodontal disease by making it easier to remove plaque and food from the teeth and thereby help in proper oral hygiene.