What is Overcrowding of the Teeth?

A typical adult mouth has 32 permanent teeth (28 plus four wisdom teeth) that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. When the jaw is large enough, all teeth will fit properly into their correct location. However, if the jaw is small and the teeth are large or there are too many of them, overcrowding can occur. The extra teeth may cause your other teeth to shift out of their proper positions and into overcrowded or crooked positions.

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Why is Overcrowding a Problem?

Overcrowded mouths are more susceptible to dental problems. A crowded mouth makes it harder to brush and floss properly. As a result, you may run the risk of cavities and gum disease due to plaque build-up. Halitosis or bad breath may also result.

Many patients with this condition need braces to straighten their crooked teeth, not simply for cosmetic reasons but also to help keep their gums healthy and free from disease caused by overcrowding reducing the likelihood of decay and premature loss of teeth.

What Causes Overcrowding?

The most common cause of overcrowding is that the teeth are too large for the mouth. However, there are other reasons, from lack of space due to a small upper or lower jaw, thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting. Also, as we get older, our mouths get smaller.

How Can You Improve Overcrowding Teeth?

Correction is always dependent on a diagnosis from your dentist. For the majority of people with overcrowded teeth, treatment consists of correcting them through minor orthodontics such as Invisalign, which provides discreet correction. Conventional braces also fixes the issue.

Overcrowding can also be fixed ideally by arch expansion during a child’s growth spurt around the ages of 11-13 or in some cases by extracting some teeth in order to create enough space for the remaining teeth to fit properly. This is usually done to aid in cosmetic appearance and may not be necessary. Your dentist will explain your options thoroughly and will work with you to give you the smile you deserve often working along side on of our specialist referral practices here in Newcastle.

There are several types of braces available today, including traditional metal braces with wires and brackets that are bonded to your teeth and clear ceramic braces that blend in with your smile. Invisalign is a series of virtually invisible plastic trays that fit over your teeth. You will receive a new set of trays every two weeks as your teeth move into their new positions.

What Results Can You Expect After Treatment?

Symmetrical, aligned teeth will improve the harmony of your facial features, make your profile look more appealing, and provide a beautiful smile. Aligned teeth also reduce the wear, strain, and deterioration of your teeth.

The Good Dentist Recommends Invisalign

If you are concerned about overcrowded teeth, there are several orthodontic options available to you. Invisalign is a popular option, which most of our patients can use as a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays that gently shift teeth into the proper position over time. Each tray is custom-made for your teeth and worn for about two weeks, then it is replaced by the next tray in the series. As the series progresses, your teeth gradually shift into the proper alignment.

When determining the best option, The Good Dentist works with each patient individually to guide them through the treatment pathway and financial considerations. Once you have discussed your plan and decided together on the best treatment to go forward you will be provided with detailed contracts, and a treatment overview and we continue to work closely with you monitoring and walking your Invisalign journey alongside you.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The length of time it takes depends on the severity of your case. The more severe the misalignment, the longer it will take to straighten your teeth. Invisalign aligners are made specifically for each person’s case and are worn for 2 weeks at a time. They need to be replaced as your teeth shift and get closer to their final position (also known as their end alignment). Invisalign typically aligns teeth in 6-18 months, but this is different for each patient, depending on their initial misalignment.

The process typically involves several appointments: from your initial Clin-check consultation, where a virtual treatment plan session helps work around your schedule. After your initial attachment appointment, there are consecutive follow-ups on average every 8 weeks. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, Invisalign can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months to align your crooked teeth.

At the end of this process, you will have a beautiful smile that you can be proud of!

Cost of Invisalign?

The total cost for Invisalign with The Good Dentist is $6,500. We have a detailed breakdown of our Invisalign process and we would be happy to discuss this with you further.

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