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What is “Crowding”?

Crowding of teeth occurs, as the name suggest, is a dental condition where the teeth seem cramped together, which changes the position of teeth. Some teeth are pushed back while other protrude forward. The cosmetic effect of this condition is obvious, but it can also cause several dental conditions. It is usually one of the most common conditions that can be corrected using braces.

Causes of crowding:

Crowding can occur when the baby teeth, which function as space maintainers until permanent teeth surface, are broken or lost at an early stage. Alternatively, it may occur if the teeth or the jaw are abnormally large or small, respectively. Another reason for impacted teeth could be that you have abnormal structures like cysts or supernumerary teeth. Crowding can be indicated by the following signs:

• If the teeth are pushed out, pushed in, rotated, or impacted

• If the wisdom teeth are not able to surface fully due to the lack of space

• Upper canines, which generally have a longer path of eruption, get impacted because there is not enough space available


• The most common method of dealing with impacted teeth is to remove the wisdom teeth.

• Orthodontic treatment using dental braces are also a common form of treatment for crowded teeth

• A dental radiograph can indicate the abnormal eruption path of any tooth, and this can be corrected by pulling out the baby tooth and allowing the tooth to grow in the correct direction.

• If the child has abnormal structures where the tooth gets fused to the bone due to an injury or infection, it is best to remove the baby tooth and allow the permanent tooth to erupt in its place.

• In a simple case of crowding, clear braces are generally recommended. Your dentist may recommend Invisalign braces depending on the seriousness of you case and what you expect from the treatment.

• For severe cases of crowding, the dentist may remove one or more teeth to create space.

Crowding is therefore a simple problem that can be easily rectified in a short time. You can prevent this problem in your children by taking them for dental screening around the age of 7 years, when their top incisors usually surface.

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