The overcrowded tooth is a dental condition where all your teeth do not fit within your jaw. Overcrowding and misaligned teeth are common. If your teeth are misaligned, it doesn’t mean you have to straighten them. However, if you are self-conscious or causing health problems, you can have them realigned.

What causes overcrowding?

Different factors contribute to the development of overcrowded teeth. Genetics is part of the problem, other causes include 

  1. Losing baby tooth prematurely.
  2. Extra adult teeth
  3. Abnormal tooth growth
  4. Unusual large teeth

Prolonged habits such as sucking thumb or pacifiers can cause baby teeth to become pushed out or crooked. Having crooked baby teeth doesn’t mean your child will have crowded permanent teeth. However, it can cause overcrowding if it grows crowded together.

Other factors that affect the tooth alignments are:

Jaw Size : 

Several studies have shown the relationship between chewing and overcrowded teeth. The model diet of processed and soft food requires less chewing that resulted in small jaws. The evolved, the shorter jaw may be responsible for crooked and misaligned teeth.

Misaligned jaw: 

The common misalignment issues are overbite and underbite. Underbite means your upper front tooth is protruded out farther than your lower front teeth. If you have an underbite, your lower front juts out farther than your upper front teeth. 

Genetics 

The chances of you inheriting the overbite and underbite from your parents are high. If one of your parents has an alignment issue, you may too, 

Poor dental Care: 

Not having your teeth checked and cared for by a dentist at least once in a six month leave you with dental problems untreated. Dental issues such as gum disease and cavities can develop crooked teeth and other dental health issues.

Poor nutrition: 

Malnutrition affects dental development in children. It’s a potential precursor for crooked and misaligned teeth.

Is Overcrowding Bad? 

Some time overcrowding can get in the way of your quality of life. Speech problems and aesthetic concerns are the main issues that are associated with overcrowding. Overcrowding also makes the cleaning of teeth difficult this can result in tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated it can lead to serious more serious infections that can damage bone and teeth. 

It is desirable to have aligned teeth for aesthetic & health reasons. However, the decision to realign the teeth is a personal one. If your teeth make you self-conscious and giving you a health problem you should consider aligning them.

Let’s see the treatment options available for straightening the teeth. 

If you’ve decided to straighten your teeth, you may consider scheduling an appointment with an orthodontist. Dr Hana Hasse has helped thousands of patients to achieve their desired smiles. There are several alternatives you can discuss with her. 

Braces are indeed a great option for people of different ages. It is ideal for children and adults alike, given their gums are strong enough to hold the braces. 

The treatment can take anywhere between two to three years depending on the braces and severity of the cases. 

Different types of braces you can choose from: 

Metal Braces: 

Till recent years metal braces were the most popular treatment for straightening the teeth. Metal braces have come a long way since their early days, they are not uncomfortable as they were. Metal braces can cost up to 5000- 7000 QAR. 

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign are series of invisible aligners custom-designed to push the teeth back to the desired alignment. Invisalign is popular amongst youngsters and adults for its aesthetic reason and the shorter span of treatment. ( If you would like to compare braces and Invisalign read our blog Invisalign vs braces).

What should I expect during the consultation:

During the consultation with an Orthodontist, your mouth, teeth and jaw will be examined and x-rays of your mouth will be taken to assess the condition. Once your orthodontist assesses your situation he/she will recommend a suitable treatment.