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As your son or daughter grows into adolescence, their primary teeth are replaced with permanent teeth. When this happens, it’s possible for multiple teeth to emerge too close to each other, creating misalignment and crowded teeth.

If this issue isn’t corrected, it can cause dental fractures, leading to enamel attrition and affecting the proper alignment of the entire bite. In a situation like this, Dr. Park at Arizona Orthodontic Centers’s Phoenix, Arizona clinic can correct the position of the teeth by mounting braces.

In an intense case of overcrowding, a single tooth may need to be extracted from the area, providing sufficient space so that other teeth can be properly realigned. Afterward, your son or daughter may need to practice some simple measures to ensure the gums heal properly.

This might include chewing on the other side of the mouth, drinking through a straw, and taking any pain medication as needed. If you believe your child uses tobacco, you might want to have a conversation to encourage them to quit. The heat, tar and other chemicals introduced into the mouth by tobacco products can irritate the healing gums as well as amplify the chance of infection.

If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and your son or daughter has crowded teeth, just call 623-877-8500 to schedule a braces consultation with at Arizona Orthodontic Centers’s clinic.