When are teeth considered crowded?
Teeth that are irregularly positioned or not straight are crowded.
What causes crowded teeth?
Crowded teeth may be due to :
- An inherited predisposition (in your genes).
- A disproportion between size of jaws and tooth size.
- Presence of extra teeth, malformed or impacted teeth
- Early loss of milk or permanent teeth.
- Bad oral habits e.g. thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and lip biting.
Are there any complications with crowded teeth?
Yes, crowded teeth are associated with :
- Unattractive appearance.
- Poor oral hygiene.
- Gum disease.
- Jaw joint problems.
Can crowded teeth be corrected?
Treatment of moderate or severe crowding will improve oral health and appearance. The treatment may involve :
- Extraction of one or more teeth without the need for braces.
- Extraction of one or more teeth followed by using removable or fixed braces.
Is there a right time to start treatment?
Early treatment can encourage good dental development and simplify orthodontic treatment, if required in the future.
Where to go for orthodontic treatment?
Get a referral from a dentist or a medical doctor to see an orthodontist.
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|Last reviewed||:||20 April 2012|
|Writer||:||Dr. Azillah bt. Mohd Ali|
|Dr. Che Noor Aini bt. Che Omar|
|Reviewer||:||Dr. Ruslan b. Dato’ Sulaiman|