Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth are when adjacent teeth are placed very close to each other or overlapping each other. It makes the teeth susceptible to plaque and tartar formation, as it is hard to brush and clean crowded teeth. Orthodontic treatment using braces can help align crowded teeth.

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I am suffering from severe crowding in my upper and lower teeth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have quite a severe crowding of my lower front teeth, with one tooth pushed out significantly that I had like to fix. I also have a slight overbite on the top, but I have six veneers here, so this is manageable. I have been told I can have aligners on top and bottom, and they will work b...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed for protecting patient's identity). I can understand your concern about your malalignment of teeth. The second question, that you cannot move your teeth is wrong, and you can do it anytime. Orthodontic treatment only ...  Read Full »

An orthodontist recommended to pull out my son's four teeth for his crowding issue, while the general dentist recommends against it. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Our son went to an orthodontist for a consultation. He said that he has a lot of crowding. He recommended that four teeth to be pulled out and put an appliance on the top and bottom to widen the jaw to make more space after he had a cleaning. I sent the attached file of the doctor's re...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Crowding is one of the common findings seen in patients. There are various modalities to treat a case of crowding with extraction or expansion or non-extraction with interproximal reduction. Extraction: Here, a certain number of teeth are...  Read Full »

After having braces five years ago, my teeth are again crowded. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a complex case, as stated by my dentist. I had braces five years ago, but my teeth went back to their previous state, overlapped, like they were tightly fit into a small place, apparently because of the shape of my mouth. Also, I have fear from getting braces the second time, t...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can exactly tell you about your case on seeing radiographs and clinical pictures of teeth if you can provide. While, your query is telling me you had a relapse of orthodontic treatment. Now you have two options. 1. Go for invisible tray ortho treatment (in which invi...  Read Full »

How to correct my crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,I have got all four wisdom teeth taken out. But my bottom jaw of teeth is still crowded. I have also read somewhere that drilling out teeth as the answer is a mutilating act against your body, even wisdom teeth. So I would like your thoughts about getting my teeth less crowded and strai...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there is still crowding after wisdom teeth extraction, you need to get braces from an orthodontist. I need to see a picture of your inside mouth to suggest a treatment plan. Sometimes, the orthodontist may suggest extracting premolar teeth just behind the c...  Read Full »

Is it normal for the part of tooth present under the gums usually to be visible outside during orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has been having orthodontic treatment (upper and lower braces) for approximately 2.5 years. He is almost 16 years old now. For the last year, at least one of his bottom incisors has been lifting up and has caused a bump, and a part of the tooth that is usually below the gum line is...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The bump that you see is the root portion of the tooth that is at a greater angle in relation to other teeth. Along with that, the gums will be inflamed and slightly receded. It is common to see this during treatment. It happens when teeth are irregularly placed, to begin...  Read Full »

I have gaps between teeth after braces. Please help.

Query: Hello, About 5 years ago I had wire braces for my teeth. And to have the braces on, I had 4 teeth extracted because my teeth were overcrowded. As far as I know, a lot of orthodontists take out premolars to create space. But for some reason my orthodontist took out 2 premolars, 1 molar on my bottom l...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes orthodontists do extract molars if there is very severe crowding of the teeth. In your case, as you said there was severe crowding. Now you have space present where the molars where previously present and hence you are unable to chew properly. Is your second mol...  Read Full »

How to straighten teeth without braces or veneers?

Query: Hello doctor, I want straight teeth. I do not want braces or accelerated orthodontics or veneers. And I do not want a retainer. Is there any hope?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The various methods to obtain properly aligned teeth include braces, accelerated orthodontics, veneers, retainers and few others. The suitable method for you can be decided by knowing your age, teeth alignment, gum and jaw bone condition, any parafunctional habits like...  Read Full »

Both sides of my teeth do not come in contact with biting. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, About 2.5 years ago I put extreme pressure on my back teeth by mistake, and they are now slightly pushed into my gums. Just a week ago, I noticed my upper right wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it were growing a bit crooked, so I decided to move them back myself gradually. I started get...  Read Full »

Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel you have to get a full check up done of your upper and lower jaw. Upper right wisdom tooth erupts between 17 to 25 years. But, if there is no space for it to erupt then they come out crooked. Pain can also result if the wisdom tooth is not erupting in the normal pa...  Read Full »

Is it possible to correct crowded teeth without extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has crowded upper and lower teeth. So, I have been to two orthodontists yesterday, and I got different opinions from both of them. One said we do not need to remove any teeth, however, his upper teeth will come little forward and will not cause much deformation in his face. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your state of confusion. I have seen the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be quite difficult to decide. So, I will give you information about both line of orthodontic treatments and the reason behind them. Your son has mild ...  Read Full »

When is the extraction of permanent teeth needed in orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has overcrowding and overbite issues and has been recommended to get teeth extracted for braces. But, I am very nervous about removing permanent teeth and their long-term side effects. What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Kandi Disha Dnyanendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and OPG (orthopantomogram) attachment (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is crowding, but I cannot predict the severity of crowding from OPG. Clinical examination and photographs are necessary. One has ...  Read Full »

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