Severely crowded or overlapped teeth are difficult to clean properly. In some severe cases of crowding, teeth are placed in front of each other, making it difficult for the average person to clean. It becomes easier not to brush teeth, especially when the gums are tender and bleed easily.
With poor hygiene, Plaque and bacteria grow around the teeth which cause accumulation of calculus or tartar. Over time,if left untreated, calculus gets under the gum line and the waste products in the bacteria attack the supporting teeth structures, dissolving them. At this stage, the patient has developed periodontitis or gum disease. Gum disease causes bad breath and there will be an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Because of the difficulty patients with crowded teeth have in keeping good hygiene, another significant problem is decay. The decay that is caused by the waste products of bacteria destroys the enamel and the softer dentin underneath. Decay develops in areas where food becomes trapped and causes plaque. Decay is common between the teeth in patients without crowding but is much more common in the case of crowded teeth. The decay starts in areas that are almost impossible to see, so by the time of discovery, it involves several surfaces of the tooth.
Besides a higher incidence of caries and gum disease, severe crowding affects people’s speech, by the difficulty experienced to properly pronounce some sounds. Crowding can also affect people’s health, because of not chewing properly and finally, it can affect self-esteem. At Saba Orthodontics, Dr. Saba can give you a beautiful smile that gives you confidence and betters your oral health just like she has for thousands of others. Visit us at for more information or call for a complimentary consultation at our Dental office