Ways to Fix Crowded Teeth

Categories: General Dentistry


Crowding in the mouth can occur from any one of a variety of factors: genetics, tooth loss, jaw problems, tongue thrust, excessive pacifier use as a child or an issue with a restoration such as a crown or filling. No matter what the cause of crowding, if you or someone you love is experiencing this, finding a solution is crucial. That is why, today on the blog, your Scotts Valley dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry explore some of the options we have available to fix crowded teeth.

The risks of living with crowded teeth

Crowded teeth can be more difficult to keep clean, making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. More severe cases of crowding raise your risk factor of developing these issues. Crowding also can make it more difficult to bite or chew food, lead to a speech issue or even alter the appearance of your facial profile. You also face a higher vulnerability to dental issues such as cracked teeth or excessive tooth wear.

How can your dentist fix crowded teeth?

Braces: Braces remain the most widespread treatment option to correct orthodontic issues such as crowding. Brackets are affixed to teeth and connected to wires or rubber bands which apply gentle pressure to guide teeth into their preferred alignment. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry offers braces that are made of either traditional metal or ceramic.

Transparent aligners: Clear aligner therapy represents arguably the biggest technological advance in orthodontics. The patient receives aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners then apply gentle pressure to guide your teeth into the preferred alignment. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry offers the Invisalign system of aligner therapy.

Dental restorations: For mild to moderate cases of crookedness, veneers may be the best choice for you. Veneers are thin shells of material made to fit over the front of the teeth being treated. Once in place, they correct the appearance of crooked teeth, but do not address the actual crookedness itself. If crowding is occurring because of a missing tooth, a dental implant can restore the hole in your smile and prevent teeth from shifting into that gap. For multiple missing teeth that were adjacent in the mouth, a dental bridge might be a sound solution.

The importance of professional dental care

Crowded teeth may be rather common but they also represent a situation where care from a professional and highly-trained dentist is your best course of action. Any over-the-counter treatment that promises to correct crowded teeth could do more harm than good and create additional dental problems. Instead, we recommend you contact your dentist in Scotts Valley to evaluate your crowded teeth and, from there, advise the best solution for you. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can alleviate your crowded teeth and can help in a variety of other situations and oral health issues. We are proud to serve our patients in Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas in the Central Coast of California. Schedule your consultation today by calling (831) 438-4411 or complete our contact form online.