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Dental crowding is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of space for all your teeth to align in a straight row on your jaws.

Crowding of the teeth is one of the most common orthodontic concerns for many individuals.

Genetics may play a role in dental crowding, especially when crowding is a result of large sized teeth, small sized jaws, development of extra tooth/teeth, or teeth misalignment.

Environmental factors may also have an impact on our dental development and alignment. These include diseases, injuries that affect the teeth or jaws, untimely dental extractions of baby teeth, and bad habits, such as thumb/finger sucking and prolonged use of pacifiers.

Crooked teeth are much more than an aesthetic issue. The way you look isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when you have crooked teeth. It can also have a lot of negative effects on your dental health if you don’t get it fixed in time.

Straight teeth are easier to clean

Straighter teeth are easier to clean around. When teeth are crooked, it is more difficult to remove food around the nooks and crannies between teeth. This can result in plaque and bacteria buildup, which in turn, can lead to development of dental decay and gum diseases.

Difficulty in chewing

Chewing may be a difficult task if you have a set of misaligned teeth. For teeth to function optimally, the upper and lower teeth need to meet and operate together as you chew.

Straight teeth boost self-confidence

If you feel self-conscious about the condition of your teeth, you might not smile as much as you want. With a set of straight teeth, the appearance of your smile improves instantly. You’ll no longer feel the need to smile without showing your teeth while having a group photo taken, or to cover your mouth when laughing out loud at a funny joke.

When it comes to treatment options for straightening your teeth, orthodontic treatment is often the most effective solution. With modern technologies, there are several orthodontic treatment options available to treat dental crowding.

Self-ligating Braces

The modern self-ligating metal braces are less noticeable, less painful, and more efficient. Plus, new heat-activated wires move teeth with constant, more gradual pressure, so each adjustment hurts less and teeth straighten faster. With all these new technologies, you don’t have to wear braces as long—meaning there’s a good chance they’ll come off sooner than you think!

Clear Ceramic Braces

Made of high quality translucent ceramic, clear braces are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. And with it’s small, low-profile design, clear braces are virtually unnoticeable, making them a perfect orthodontic solution for adults and children.

Clear Aligners (Invisalign)

Invisalign is one of the most popular aesthetic orthodontic treatment available. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners. As you change your aligner every one to two weeks, your teeth gradually move and straighten.
When you wear your Invisalign aligner, most people around you won’t even notice it. Your friends often start to wonder why your teeth have become straighter without braces.

Lingual (hidden) Braces

The Incognito system is a highly advanced generation of braces that is hidden discreetly on the back of the teeth, not on the front like conventional ‘train tacks’.  With the braces hidden behind your teeth, you could basically continue your daily routine without feeling self-conscious because no one could really tell you are having braces.

Are you suffering from this condition? See one of our specialist orthodontists for an assessment.