Crowding is the lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws. The teeth may be twisted or displaced. Crowding occurs when there is disharmony in the tooth to jaw size relationship or when the teeth are larger than the available space. Crowding can be caused by improper eruption of teeth and early or late loss of primary teeth. Crowding should be corrected because it can: prevent proper cleaning of all the surfaces of your teeth cause dental decay increase the chances of gum disease prevent proper functioning of teeth make your smile less attractive.
To fix this problem, extra space can be created by expansion of the arches or extraction of teeth. Once space is created, braces will eliminate crowding and align the teeth. Correction of crowding can help prevent dental decay and periodontal disease by improving the ability to remove plaque from the teeth.
Teeth Spacing, the opposite of crowding, is an excess of space for your teeth. This results in gaps between your teeth. This generally occurs when the teeth are smaller than the available space. Protrusive teeth, missing teeth, impacted teeth or abnormal tissue attachments to the gums, can also cause spacing. Spacing should be corrected because it canresult in gum problems due to the lack of protection by the teeth and prevent proper functioning of the teeth. To fix teeth spacing, moving the teeth together and properly aligning them within the arch can close the spaces. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.