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Whats is Overcrowding?

Overcrowding is a form of malocclusion which simply means ‘teeth that are not lined up properly’. This condition occurs when there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate the teeth.


Overcrowding can be caused by several factors, such as an underdeveloped jaw or extra teeth. Childhood habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use beyond age 3, and prolonged use of a bottle may also cause overcrowding of the teeth.


Crowded teeth can become painful as they push against each other. You may be suffering from TMJ, which is an acute inflammation of your jaw.


If left untreated, overcrowding can lead to severely crooked teeth as they shift to move in front of and behind one another

The best treatment for overcrowding is orthodontic treatment with braces such as Invisalign. You can read more generally about our different braces treatments on our main braces page,

Preventing overcrowding of the teeth 

Preventing the overcrowding of the teeth and this disorder can be difficult because most cases of malocclusion are hereditary. Parents of young children should limit the use of a pacifier and the bottle to help reduce changes in the development of the jaw. Early detection of malocclusion may help cut down on the length (and severity) of the treatment needed to correct the problem. Overcrowding of teeth is typically diagnosed through a dental exam. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacquie Smiles to exam your teeth and to perform dental X-rays to determine if your teeth are properly aligned.


Please contact Dr. Jacquie Smiles today to learn more about orthodontic treatment for your overcrowded teeth with Invisalign clear braces and invisible aligners by calling (845) 782-4288  or filling out the contact us to receive additional information. Our office is conveniently located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.