As the name would suggest, “crowded teeth” is a condition in which you do not have enough room in your mouth to fit your teeth normally. The result is that your teeth can bunch up, overlap, twist, or get pushed to the front or the back of your mouth. This last condition creates an overbite of either the top teeth over the bottom, or vice versa. Any of these misalignments are called “malocclusions.” (Mal- means “bad”; occlusion refers to the way the top teeth and the bottom teeth fit together when the jaws are closed.)
Classifications of Malocclusions
A Class 1 malocclusion is a slight overbite, with the upper teeth overlapping the lower teeth a bit. Despite the overlap, the bite is normal, and this the most common class.
In a Class 2 malocclusion, the overbite is severe: the upper jaw and teeth significantly overlap the lowers.
A Class 3 malocclusion is a severe underbite; the lower upper teeth and jaw overlap significantly overlap the uppers.
What are the Causes of Crowded Teeth?
It is usually hereditary, but other conditions and activities can also contribute to the situation, such as:
- An injury that results in a misalignment of the jaws
- Cleft lip or palate
- Childhood activities extended beyond the usual age, such as sucking the thumb, using a pacifier past three years old, and bottle feeding
What Kinds of Problems can Crowded Teeth Cause?
A Class 1 malocclusion does not usually cause much, if any type of problem. However, Class 2 and Class 3 malocclusions may cause any of the following:
- Discomfort when chewing or biting, or an inability to thoroughly chew food. This can translate to digestive issues, if severe enough, since the act of chewing helps produce saliva, which contains enzymes that start to break down food before it reaches the stomach.
- Frequent biting of the tongue or the inner cheeks when chewing
- Changes in the face’s appearance
- Various types of speech problems, including a lisp
- Because the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly and the mouth cannot close completely, breathing through the mouth, rather than through the nose
What is the Treatment for Crowded Teeth?
Class 1 rarely requires treatment. Depending on the source and severity of the Class 2 or Class 3 problem, the type of treatment that will alleviate it will vary. Possibilities include:
- Simply removing some of the crowded teeth
- Braces to reposition the teeth
- Reshaping the teeth with bonding or caps
- Shortening or reshaping the jaw with surgery
- Stabilizing the jaw bone with plates or wires
Why Choose Pasadena Smile Center for Treating Crowded Teeth?
The dentists at the Pasadena Smile Center are highly experienced in the treatment options for crowded teeth. However, more than just technical expertise, they have the artistry to create the attractive smile you want and use the most non-toxic, natural materials to safeguard your overall health. We care about our patients and perform an array of advanced dental procedures to resolve crowded teeth for a perfect smile – at last. Contact our Pasadena dentists today.