Crowding and Spacing Correction

Crowding Of Teeth

Crowding is when there isn’t enough room within the jaws for all the teeth to fit normally. The teeth may be twisted or displaced. Crowding happens when the size of the teeth doesn’t match the size of the jaw, or when the teeth are bigger than the space available. Crowding can be caused by the loss of baby teeth too early or too late, or by teeth coming in the wrong way.


Spacing Of Teeth

Spacing of Teeth is the opposite of crowding. It means that there is too much space between your teeth, which makes gaps. This usually happens when the teeth are too small for the space. Spacing can also be caused by teeth that stick out, missing or stuck teeth, or abnormal attachments of gum tissue to the gums.

Visit our underbite correction, overbite correction, and open bite correction pages to learn more about the types of malocclusions and see how we can help treat you or your child. Call our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment!

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  • How are crowded teeth treated?

    Most of the time, braces or clear aligners are the treatment of choice. In very mild cases of overcrowding, a fixed or removable retainer may be enough to fix the problem on its own. In moderate cases, veneers are sometimes used to fix cases. When the problem is severe, a dental expanding device may be needed. There are also times when a tooth is pulled out to make more room for the rest of the teeth.

  • What are some causes of spacing issues?

    There are many different factors when it comes to spacing issues.

    • Natural skeletal development
    • Extra teeth which push other teeth out of the correct position
    • Missing teeth which creates large gaps
    • Losing baby teeth too young so the adult teeth come in misaligned
    • Small teeth don’t take up the proper amount of room
    • Large jawbone creates too much room for teeth and causes gaps
    • Too large of tongue which can cause the teeth to flare and creates spaces

Have Any More Questions?

If you have more questions about crowding and/or spacing corrections, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Alpers Dental

Level 3, 24 Manukau Road, Epsom,
Auckland 1023 New Zealand
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