Effective Orthodontic Treatments for Overcrowded Teeth
Overcrowded teeth will not only affect your appearance. They can also increase your risk for numerous oral health conditions, including TMJ disorder and dental decay. Fortunately, braces and Invisalign® can give you a brighter, healthier smile. If you have very minor overcrowding, cosmetic treatments may be enough to conceal slight flaws. The right treatment option will depend on the degree of overcrowding and your personal goals.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatments for overcrowded teeth, our Westmount, QC, team is happy to schedule a complete consultation. At Smile Montreal, we proudly serve patients around the greater Montreal area.
Standard braces are the most common orthodontic treatment option. Braces can correct even very severe overcrowding. Furthermore, according to one study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, among patients aged 12-16, braces have a nearly 100% success rate.
Braces are also popular because they are affordable and convenient. Once your Westmount, QC, dentist attaches the metal brackets to your teeth, he will periodically tighten the wires that connect them. The gradual change in force will cause your teeth to shift in your mouth.
Since braces are fixed in place, they can be especially beneficial for younger patients who might otherwise lose a removable appliance.
Invisalign is growing in popularity. Rather than using metal wires to straighten teeth, this treatment uses custom-made clear aligner trays. If you opt for Invisalign, you will receive a series of trays, each shaped slightly differently from the last. Like traditional braces, the gentle pressure of the aligners will reposition your teeth.
Invisalign can be a great option for mild to moderate overcrowding. However, if your orthodontic issues are more severe, braces are likely a better solution.
The primary benefits of Invisalign are its subtlety and comfort. The clear aligners are almost undetectable, even at an arm’s reach. And the smooth surface will not irritate your lips or cheeks, unlike standard braces. Furthermore, Invisalign trays are removable, meaning you will not have to change your diet, and you can more easily brush and floss your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
If you have slight overcrowding that affects only one or two teeth, your dentist may recommend cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers attach to the front of the teeth, forming a new facade and helping to conceal minor alignment issues. Bonding is similar. However, instead of using a porcelain shell to enhance your smile, your dentist will coat your teeth in composite resin.
While cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your appearance, it will not alter the overall force of your bite. Therefore, if you are at risk for dental complications as a result of your crowded teeth, you are likely better suited to orthodontic treatment.
Learn More about Your Treatment Options
Find out how our team can give you the straight, stunning smile you deserve. Contact our Westmount, QC, office by filling out our online form or by giving us a call at (514) 937-6558.