What Is Tooth Crowding?

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Two’s company and three is a crowd is an idiom that dates back to the mid-19th century and is a gracious way of saying that a third entity in a group adds complexity at times in a conversation. There are also those folks troubled not only by a crowd of three but crowds in general as in an irrational fear, or phobia, known officially as enochlophobia and relates to another phobia — agoraphobia — which is to have a social anxiousness of public places. With the reality that the United States has close to 327 million people and the world population is in the range of 7 billion people, it’s a given one will find themselves in a crowd somewhere, and enochlophobia and agoraphobia sufferers need to learn to handle this truth. This crowding that does not have to become truth, however, such as with tooth crowding.


Tooth crowding of the 32 permanent adult teeth should never be a normal condition, even as it affects a crowd of 4.5 million Americans ranging in age from six to 18 years of age, part of a dental condition called malocclusion.

The reasons for tooth crowding include small jaws and overly large teeth, dental trauma, the growth of a wisdom tooth crowding proper growth of permanent adult teeth or a cleft lip or palate. Tooth crowding brings about dental difficulties of being able to brush and floss teeth properly. Thus, greater instances of tooth decay and gum disease, teeth wearing down quicker, and the misalignment of teeth that makes chewing food difficult. The crowding of teeth can hinder the free movement of the tongue causing speech problems like development of a lisp. Tooth crowding can lower esteem and bring persons to shrink from most social situations.


The remedies for tooth crowding depend on each individual. A few solutions, besides the traditional fixed orthodontic wire and bracket braces to straighten severe crooked and crowded teeth, is a clear, "invisible" brace that gives more freedom to the patient. If the crowding malady is minor, another option might be a fixed or removable retainer to correct teeth irregularity or a palatial expander that expands a smaller than normal upper jaw and roof of the patient's mouth. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as tooth recontouring, which reshapes the individual’s tooth or teeth along with the use of dental veneers.


There is a remedy, and our dentists have been successfully providing the solutions for many years to children, teens and adults. Each case is as unique as the person who is suffering from the dental condition from dental occlusion. As a patient under our care, our patients come to know they are not just another face in the crowd. Contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation and examination that will
bring about a perfect smile.

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