Crowding in the teeth is a fairly common problem and can develop during childhood or in adolescence when the permanent teeth begin to emerge. Cosmetic dentistry can help improve the look of crowding, while other treatments can shift the teeth so there is more room in the mouth.
Crowded Teeth and Cosmetic Dentistry
The appropriate treatment for crowded teeth depends upon how crowded they are and what effect the crowding has on your alignment. If teeth are only slightly crowded, with minor overlaps, the crowding can be disguised with cosmetic dentistry. This will not move the teeth into the proper position, but will improve the look of your smile.
One common treatment that disguises the look of crowded teeth is dental veneers. These porcelain shells are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth and can cover slight overlap and disguise slight gaps between the teeth. However, veneers do not change the actual position of the teeth, so if you have a problem with your bite, veneers will not address this. Consult with your dentist regarding the best possible treatment.
Severely Crowded Teeth and Orthodontics
Invisalign is another common treatment for crowded or misaligned teeth. This orthodontic treatment is popular among adults because the plastic trays are virtually invisible and tend to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Using Invisalign or braces moves crowded teeth into their proper position, correcting any problems with your bite. Invisalign moves the teeth a small distance at a time using custom-made aligner trays that are changed about every two weeks. Traditional braces make use of rubber bands to create tension that shifts the teeth.
If you have teeth that overlap or sit crookedly in your mouth, talk to your dentist about the appropriate treatment. He will evaluate your bite, the placement of your teeth, and how tooth position affects the rest of your mouth. Based on this information, he can recommend a treatment that will either move your teeth into the correct position or provide a cosmetic improvement in the look of your smile.
Call the office of Dr. Dan Bush today to discuss your personal treatment options!