What To Do About Crowded Teeth

Posted on: 10 December 2018

Do you have problems with crowded teeth that have ruined their alignment? If so, you may be looking for a dental solution to this problem. Thankfully, you have a few options to correct this problem and have your teeth look straight. Here are three different options you have to pick from.


If you're an adult, you may not want to get traditional metal braces for your teeth due to the stigma they can cause at your age. Instead of braces, you can use dental aligners as a way to fix your crowded teeth. The aligning trays will be practically invisible, and you have the flexibility to remove the trays for eating or photographs where you don't want any chance for the trays to be noticed. In addition, the aligners allow you to eat anything you want since you remove them for eating your meals.

One thing to keep in mind is that aligners may not be the best choice depending on how extreme your corrections need to be. That is where other correction methods will come into play.

Tooth Extraction

It's possible that a dentist will suggest extracting a problem tooth that is causing issues with crowded teeth. This may be necessary if you literally have a tooth growing in behind another, and the easiest solution will be to remove the tooth and make slight adjustments to the teeth around it. This can end up being a better solution than moving an entire row of teeth over a significant amount in order for all of the teeth to be aligned.


If you only have minor teeth crowding, your dentist may suggest that you use dental contouring. The process actually involves reshaping the teeth so that they can fit well in your mouth that looks completely natural.

Be aware that contouring is often used with dental bonding to create the look that you want. The bonding procedure will allow you to fix additional problems that resulted from dental crowding, such as crooked or cracked teeth. Another example could be teeth that are slightly overlapped, and after reshaping the teeth, bonding will help them form the shape of real teeth.

Not sure which option to use for your crowded teeth? Meet with a dentist in your area for a consultation. They'll walk you through all of your oral surgery options and help you make an informed decision about what will be best.