What Causes Teeth to Crowd

If you have more teeth in your mouth than there’s room for, you have crowded teeth — and they may pose a threat to your oral health. At Invisible Braces in Houston, Texas, we treat teeth crowding effectively to protect your smile and boost your confidence.

Causes of teeth crowding

There are two primary reasons for crowded teeth:

Genetics

You inherit your jaw size and teeth size, and a jaw that’s too small or teeth that are too big could lead to crowding.

When you lose baby teeth

Losing baby teeth too early can allow other teeth to fill the empty space, and losing them too late could keep your permanent teeth from erupting as they should. Both situations can lead to teeth crowding.

Concerns about teeth crowding

When your teeth are crowded, the resulting misalignment — crooked teeth or teeth that overlap — make it difficult for you to properly clean them. 

Without effective oral hygiene for your teeth and gums, you can develop plaque buildup that can cause cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss if your teeth crowding goes untreated.

Because crowding can put pressure on your teeth, you may experience discomfort as well as damage to your teeth. 

And, of course, your smile may suffer as a result of teeth crowding, which could impact your self-esteem.

For teeth crowding, there’s SureSmile®

At Invisible Braces, we treat crowded teeth with SureSmile® clear aligners to slowly straighten your teeth over a strategic amount of time.

With SureSmile, you can avoid the inconvenience and discomfort of metal braces. Made of a strong but flexible plastic, our clear aligners follow a digital plan to gradually shift your teeth until they reach the desired position. 

The aligners hold their shape for up to 14 days while your teeth slowly move. The design ensures your comfort. You wear the aligners about 22 hours a day, but you can remove them while you eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss.

As your teeth begin to shift, the next phase begins and you move on to the next set of aligners. Repeat this pattern about every two weeks until you’ve exhausted your supply and you reach your teeth alignment goal.

To schedule an appointment with our team at Invisible Braces, call us at our office in the Houston Heights neighborhood, or use the convenient online booking tool

We look forward to helping you achieve a great smile!

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