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There are a number of reasons why orthodontic treatment can be beneficial, including providing room for crowded and erupting teeth.
When permanent teeth are crowded together, problems like these can occur:
- Difficulty in cleaning
- Long-term wear issues
- Impaired or painful chewing
- Periodontal disease
Some of the causes of crowded teeth include:
- Too many teeth for the size of the jaw
- Teeth that are too large in size for the jaw
- A cleft lip or palate
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
- Irregularly-positioned teeth
- Extra teeth
- Jaw fracture
In most cases, orthodontic treatment for crowded and erupting teeth is optional. However, there are instances where orthodontic treatment is required before dental work can be started. It can prepare teeth for dental restorations that may not have been possible prior to treatment because they were too close together or in crooked positions.
While erupting teeth occur mostly in younger children, around the age of 6-7, crowded teeth can create problems in people of any age. And with today’s orthodontic technology, there is often a solution for everyone.
To prepare room for crowded and erupting teeth, an orthodontist will perform an examination. Then, he or she will prescribe a treatment plan that can head off potential problems from the start.
Orthodontic treatment can correct the alignment of the teeth and bite—with significant long-term benefits. To best prepare for a lifetime of healthy teeth, visit the orthodontists at Airway & Sleep Group.