What is dental crowding?
By crowding we mean the lack of space in the mouth for all the teeth to fit together normally within the space available in the mouth. When dental crowding occurs you can end up with teeth that are crooked or displaced from their ideal position. Dental crowding is caused by a discrepancy in tooth size in relation to jaw size or when teeth are larger than the space available in the mouth. Also, dental crowding can be caused by improper eruption of teeth during the child’s growth and also by early or late loss of baby teeth.
Dental crowding must be corrected otherwise one of the following problems may occur:
– prevent proper cleaning of all surfaces of the teeth and, consequently, favor the appearance of dental cavities
– increase the likelihood of gum disease
– impede the proper functioning of the teeth
– will undoubtedly also make the child’s smile less attractive and thus affect the child’s self-esteem throughout his or her life.
How to treat dental crowding
Dental crowding can be corrected by orthodontic treatment detected in time. For this reason, it is very important to carry out regular check-ups of children’s mouths from the age of 5 or 6 and thus control the overall growth of their mouth.
The additional space needed to avoid dental crowding can be created mainly in two ways, depending on the age and time at which the problem is detected: by expanding the palate and the buccal arches or by extracting a tooth if such expansion is no longer possible. Once the space has been created, the oral appliances will help us to eliminate the dental crowding and align the teeth to their correct position.
Remember that correcting dental crowding can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease by improving the ability to remove plaque from the teeth. At Ziving, we have the right team of professionals to detect a problem in a child’s mouth and map out the most correct plan for its solution by adapting the technique to each particular solution.