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Can Braces Fix Overcrowded Teeth?

Braces are some of the most common orthodontic solutions. You've probably seen them worn by your friends and colleagues, with the distinct wires and brackets standing out.

While they're more commonly used to correct many dental issues, including underbite, overbite, crossbite, and jaw problems, they're also effective for overcrowded teeth. Read on to see how this works:

What is teeth overcrowding?

Teeth overcrowding, also called overcrowded teeth, dental crowding, or crowding in teeth, occurs when the mouth doesn't have space for all your teeth, leading to malocclusion or "bad bite."

In these instances, the teeth grow in unnatural positions due to lack of room, leading to crooked teeth that don't align properly.

Some causes of dental crowding include the following:

  • Small jaw

  • Genetics

  • Extra adult teeth

  • Abnormal tooth growth

  • Premature loss of baby teeth

  • Unusually large teeth

Why should you correct overcrowded teeth?

The importance of correcting overcrowded teeth goes beyond mere looks. If left untreated for long, it can lead to more serious dental issues later on, meaning you'll have to spend more to fix them. Early dental intervention is crucial because it can increase the likelihood of gum disease, tooth decay, and jaw pain.

What types of braces can fix dental overcrowding?

Now that you've seen why you should have dental overcrowding fixed as soon as possible, it's time to examine the kinds of braces that can get the job done.

Metal braces

These are the more commonly used orthodontic braces for fixing teeth overcrowding, as they're suitable for mild and severe cases. It involved brackets attached to the teeth with arch-wires threaded through and secured by elastic ties.

Ceramic braces

These are excellent when the patient does not desire metallic braces, or tooth overcrowding is less severe. They are affixed similarly to metal braces but are less visible. Ceramic braces are also more expensive than their metal counterparts.


Regular braces are the most popular option for treating overcrowded teeth. However, patients who prefer a more discreet solution may opt for Invisalign aligners, which are plastic, clear, retainer-like trays that fit over the teeth.

If you're primarily concerned about your appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an excellent option.

How does orthodontic treatment for overcrowded teeth work?

Here's how the treatment process for dental crowding works:

Clinical assessment

Sometimes, a severe case may necessitate the removal of one or more teeth. Before this, an x-ray examination is carried out, with the orthodontist subsequently discussing your unique treatment plan and recommended solution.

Brace installation

This takes less than 30 minutes to carry out. However, you must regularly visit the orthodontist to adjust the elastic ties and wires. The treatment duration depends on the severity of your case and your adherence to medical instructions.

Post-removal treatment

After your braces come off, wear retainers for about a year to ensure your teeth hold their correct positions.

A beautiful, confident smile is just one booking away

Overcrowded teeth aren't great to look at. They can diminish your self-esteem, and even if you aren't conscious of them, they can lead to serious dental issues and become more challenging to treat as you age.

When you visit us at Belle Mead Orthodontics, we'll determine the cause and type of your teeth overcrowding and recommend the appropriate treatment options. We'll also answer any questions you may have and eliminate your concerns. Book an appointment today, and let's create that healthy, beautiful smile you've always wanted.


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