Crowded teeth occur when there is not enough room in your jaw to accommodate your teeth.

It is a very common issue that is usually resolved at a young age. However, for adults with dental issues as a result of overcrowding, the thought of correcting the problem through treatment can be daunting.

Fortunately, we offer a non-invasive and highly effective method of treating overcrowding.

What causes crowded teeth?

There are several causes of crowded teeth:

  • As we age, our facial structure is constantly changing, including the jaw bone
  • It is common for teeth, particularly lower teeth, to move and become crooked
  • The irregular formation of permanent teeth can be a cause of overcrowding
  • As your adult teeth appear, they may do so at different times
  • Thumb sucking
  • Prolonged use of a pacifier at an early age
  • Underdeveloped jawbone
  • Different sized teeth
  • Growing extra teeth

Are crowded teeth just a cosmetic issue?

For many adults crowded teeth can make them feel insecure about their smile, but there are also hidden oral health issues involved.

Overcrowding of teeth can make it difficult to reach certain areas with a toothbrush, or floss, leading to a build-up of plaque and bacteria. This in turn can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and in severe cases, tooth loss.

What treatment is available for crowded teeth?

Although many cases of crowded teeth are treated at a young age, when permanent teeth have just come through, many adults still suffer with the condition.

Fortunately, there are treatment options available.

In some cases, your dentist may decide to remove some teeth to create space for realignment. At Dentistry Scotland, we also proudly offer Invisalign.

Invisalign is a clear plastic brace, custom-designed to suit you, that sit over the teeth.

They work in a very similar way to a traditional wire brace but are almost completely invisible.

Many of our patients choose Invisalign due to aesthetic reasons; however, the treatment is also very effective and has proven results for those with crowded teeth.

Invisalign is also used in cases of overbites, underbites, deep bites, open bites and gapped teeth.

If you would like to find out more about how Invisalign can help you, get in touch today.

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Keep in mind that although Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option, not every dentist has professional experience using this brace, and it is important to choose a practice with Invisalign-trained dentists.

Dentistry Scotland has multiple offices in London and Hertfordshire, and we offer free consultations to all patients. Contact our team to find out more about Invisalign and the other teeth straightening options we offer at our private clinics.

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Contact our team to find out more about Invisalign and the other teeth straightening options we offer at our private clinics.


Alternatives include Incognito braces and six months braces.

Find your Perfect Dental Practice

  • London Patients call 020 7586 1210 (Cosmetic, Implant & General Dentistry)
  • Hertfordshire Patients call  01992 878 030 (Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry)
  • Essex Patients call  020 1333 4450 (Specialist Periodontist or Implants)

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