Crowded Teeth

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Your teeth may be crowded because of improper dental work or their natural development. No matter the cause, the team at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, works tirelessly to alleviate your discomfort and improve your mouth’s functioning at their clinic in San Francisco. If your teeth are crowded and need spacing or alignment, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Crowded Teeth Q & A

What problems can crowded teeth cause?

If you don’t have enough room in your jaw for all your teeth and they fit uncomfortably, your teeth may be crowded. Crowded teeth can cause:

  • Speech problems
  • Discomfort
  • A changed facial appearance
  • Biting of your cheeks and tongue
  • An unclean mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

Aligning and spacing your teeth is more than just a cosmetic fix: It improves your oral health, and it makes dental care easier. If your crowded teeth cause health problems, your dentist at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, helps you find the right solution.

What are some solutions to crowded teeth?

There are many solutions available to fix crowded teeth. Your provider may recommend one or more of these treatments to create space in your mouth:

Extractions

If you have too many teeth or if your jaw is too small to hold them comfortably, your dentist may decide you need one or more tooth extractions. After having a tooth removed, you may need additional treatments to put your remaining teeth in place.

Braces or similar aligners

Braces and other aligners, like Invisalign®, slowly straighten your teeth into a position that gives your mouth plenty of space. With or without a tooth extraction first, braces and aligners put your teeth in a position that’s easy to clean and get between them.

Teeth reshaping

Sometimes crowded teeth are caused by abnormally-shaped teeth. Your dentist may need to cut a tooth down to a reasonable size and shape.

Surgery

Surgery is typically not the first choice for treatment. Your dentist may recommend surgery to reshape your jaw and create more space in your mouth.

When should I visit the dentist for crowded teeth?

You should visit your dentist for help for crowded teeth if they’re causing problems in your everyday life. You should seek treatment if:

  • You frequently bite your cheeks or tongue
  • You have a lisp
  • You can’t chew or speak properly
  • Your teeth feel uncomfortable

When you come in to have your teeth examined for crowding, your dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth to determine the best course of action.

If your mouth feels uncomfortable or you’re having trouble speaking or chewing, you may have crowded teeth. For an effective solution, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or book your appointment online today.