Teeth crowding and how to fix crowded teeth

Teeth crowding is one of the most common orthodontic problems faced by adults. In fact, so common that it affects 30%-60%¹ of us. The good news is that you can treat teeth crowding with innovative Orthodontist-Directed WonderSmile technology. Not only will you avoid the complications of overcrowded teeth, you’ll benefit from a straight smile that will have you glowing with confidence.



What is teeth crowding?


Teeth crowding is when teeth have a lack of space to grow and fit normally within the jaw. To find room, they may grow in a rotated or overlapped way, causing crooked teeth. You might hear your dentist refer to this as ‘malocclusion’, which simply means your teeth and jaw are not aligned when you close your mouth. If left untreated, teeth actually become more crowded as you age – our jaw reaches its maximum size at 16 and only gets smaller after that.


What causes teeth crowding?


Teeth crowding is a common orthodontic problem affecting approximately 30-60% of adults - so you’re not alone. In fact, genetics have a large role to play as to whether you have a predisposition to teeth crowding. Crowded teeth can also be caused by:

  • Genetics: shape/development of the bone structure in the skull and the mouth

  • Unusual tooth development, e.g. irregular tooth size or shape, extra teeth, impacted teeth

  • A cleft lip or palate

  • Thumb sucking or frequent use of a dummy after the age of three

  • Poor dental care

  • Tongue thrusting (pushing your tongue against your teeth)

  • Airway obstruction like mouth-breathing

  • A misaligned jaw

  • Accidents and prematurely lost teeth

  • Allergies and asthmas


Why is it important to fix teeth crowding?


Teeth crowding can cause excessive wear and tear on the teeth, gums, and jaw muscles, resulting in cracked teeth, jaw strain, temporomandibular joint disorder, and even chronic headaches. When your teeth are crowded or crooked, there is more opportunity for bacteria to grow and plaque to develop.


Straightening crowded teeth with WonderSmile Clear Aligners not only makes cleaning your teeth easier, but it also significantly improves oral health, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your smile plays a big role in not only how you look, but also how you feel. You deserve to feel confident in your smile.


Types of teeth crowding


The most common types of crowded teeth include:

  • Mild/moderate teeth crowding: slight rotation or misalignment of a tooth or teeth

  • Front teeth crowding: visible overlapping or crooked front teeth crowding on upper or lower jaw

  • Bottom teeth crowding: visible overlapping or crooked bottom front teeth or premolar crowding

  • Single tooth crowding: a single crooked or overlapping tooth, typically caused by baby teeth falling out prematurely, or delayed.

  • Severe overcrowding: sever lack of space within the dental arches, leads to abnormal bit patterns


Can WonderSmile fix teeth crowding?


WonderSmile Clear Aligners are the easiest way to straighten teeth in 6 months on average. No more waiting rooms and no more high costs. Get custom clear aligners shipped straight to your door for up to 60% less than traditional braces. Choose between our All-Day or Night Clear Aligners based on your lifestyle.


The WonderSmile teeth crowding treatment uses a series of clear, removable BPA-free plastic trays (aligners) that fit over the teeth. The aligners are custom-made and Orthodontist directed, to get you the best results. To ensure fast and effective results, the aligners are changed approximately every 2 weeks to move teeth into the desired position. The WonderSmile crowded teeth treatment has many advantages compared to traditional braces. Some of the benefits include:

  • Clear aligners without the look, hassle and pain of metal brackets and wires

  • Faster treatment time using your individually-mapped crowded teeth digital treatment plan

  • A lower treatment cost than braces – up to 60% less than the cost of traditional braces

  • Freedom to remove your aligners and eat and drink your favourite foods without restrictions

  • The teeth crowding treatment results you want with less pain than traditional braces

  • Fewer doctor visits compared to fixed appliance treatments

Find out if you’re a candidate for WonderSmile Teeth Crowding Treatment today. Take our FREE online assessment.


¹ Source: Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3843590/