How to Fix Minor [Overcrowding of Teeth] Without Braces or Invisalign?


Everyone, no matter their age, wants to have teeth that are straight and beautiful. An even smile can boost your confidence and make you feel as though anything is possible. Unfortunately, many people suffer from some kind of issue within their teeth that causes overcrowding, an overbite, an underbite, or any number of other problems. While some of these issues can be directly tackled with the usage of braces and Invisalign, these orthodontic solutions are typically reserved for people who suffer from substantial overcrowding or a large overbite. The key to fixing overcrowding teeth depends on the extent of the crowding. If the crowding you’re experiencing is minimal, it’s possible that you’ll be able to fix this overcrowding without Invisalign or braces.


What are retainers?

One of the best ways to fix overcrowding without braces is through retainers which are available in different types for you to choose from. For people who wear braces, retainers are oftentimes used once the braces have been removed as a means of keeping the movements of the teeth intact and to stop these teeth from moving back to their original position. However, if the crowding of your teeth is kept to a minimum, it may be possible to bypass braces or any other orthodontic solution altogether and simply use a retainer in order to straighten your teeth.

The first type of retainer you could use for fixing overcrowding teeth is referred to as a fixed retainer, also known as bonded lingual retainers. These retainers are attached to the inner surface of your teeth through the usage of dental cement. This method of attaching the retainer allows the teeth to remain in their fixed position and will prevent them from shifting in the future. It greatly helps with minimal crowding issues by straightening your teeth and improving your bite.

Another type of retainer that can be used for overcrowding without Invisalign or braces is a removable retainer. Removable retainers have several advantages compared to others since it can be readily removed at any time you want, while still providing much of the same results as a fixed retainer. However, these retainers are easy to lose and very expensive to replace, so you’ll want to heavily consider your options before settling on removable retainers. While these retainers can be removed at any time, it’s recommended that you only remove them during special occasions or for simple relief in the event that they become too irritating for your mouth.

Both removable retainers and fixed retainers can be used on the upper or lower portions of the teeth, which largely depends on where the corrections and adjustments need to be made. Before you’re provided with a retainer, a consultation will first take place to identify whether or not your overcrowding issues even qualify for this orthodontic solution. In the event that they do, the orthodontist on hand will be able to answer any of your questions and will provide you with everything you need to know about wearing the retainer and how long it will take to see the results that you’re looking for.

What Is The Treatment Time with Retainers?

In the event that you select retainers for the slight overcrowding of your teeth, you may wonder how long you’ll need to wear the retainers before the teeth have moved into their proper position. There are a couple of things that you should be aware of. For one, if you choose a fixed retainer, it’s important to understand that these retainers are designed to be used on a long-term basis, even after they’ve stopped moving your teeth. Since they’re cemented into place, the only way to remove them is by returning to your orthodontist.

However, when using these fixed retainers for slight movements associated with overcrowding, your teeth will likely move into their correct position within three to six months, though it’s recommended to wear them longer so as to ensure that your teeth don’t revert to their original position. If you choose to wear a removable retainer, the treatment time will likely be slightly longer than with a fixed retainer, due primarily to the fact that you’ll remove them from time to time. You can expect to wear this retainer for six months to a year before the achieving your desired results.

What are Palatal Expanders?

While retainers are the most commonly used remedies for overcrowding without braces, it’s also possible to correct the minor issue using palatal expanders. A palatal expander is a type of appliance that’s commonly used to widen the upper jaw and the roof of the mouth. The result of using this appliance is providing more room for your teeth to grow, which can actually be beneficial for a wide range of orthodontic issues.

In regards to overcrowding, when your child’s palate is narrower than it should be, the upper teeth may not be able to accommodate the growth of permanent teeth once they start to erupt, which can cause issues and a greater necessity for braces. With the expansion of the upper jaw, the overcrowding problems are directly addressed and your teeth can be properly straightened.

What are the Benefits of Straightened Teeth?

There is a wide array of benefits associated with straightened teeth that might be appealing to you if you’ve never had straight teeth before. For instance, you’ll have a more beautiful smile that will look great in pictures and will boost your self-confidence, which could make a difference in doing well on a job interview or being more sociable.

Straightened teeth also mean that brushing your teeth will be much simpler, as there will be less spaces for food and other particles to get stuck. Crooked teeth can also cause undue pressure to the jaw and eventually lead to headaches. With a better bite, you’ll be able to eat and chew foods better as well.

If you believe that your teeth are slightly overcrowded and you would like to make sure that your smile is as beautiful and straight as possible, call us today to set up your initial consultation. Our orthodontists have the capabilities necessary to ensure that all of your orthodontic needs are well taken care of.


How to Fix Minor Overcrowding of Teeth Without Braces or Invisalign?

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
TEL: 763-972-4444


No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva

If you are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to cash, you may feel that you do not have anything to give anyone. You may skip trying to donate to positive causes because you feel like your funds are just a drop in the bucket. You may shy away from trying to offer people assistance because you are poor. A wise person once said that no one is too poor to give a smile. That person was correct. In fact, a smile is often the only thing that some of us can afford to give, but that’s okay. Here’s why:

Smiles Are the Richest Gifts

A smile can stretch a thousand miles and last a hundred years for a person who is depressed, defeated, beaten or even physically ill. That smile that you lay on that person after you come from your visit to the orthodontist may just be the only smile that person has seen in a long time. That may provide that hurting person with just enough courage, inspiration and motivation to keep on living and thriving even though life sends him or her curve balls every day. The smile is more powerful than you could ever imagine. An orthodontist can help you make it even more powerful.

Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Correction

The specialist can give you Invisalign, braces, veneers or any other solution that can bring your smile up a grade. Once you get your braces or Invisalign, you will be more inclined to smile and help the people who truly need to see it from you. Schedule an appointment today and give someone a precious gift.

No one is too poor to give a smile – a gift, often, of greater consequence than any sum of money ― Vironika Tugaleva


13046 Falcon Drive
Baxter, MN 56425

Phone: 218-829-1630


Words of Wisdom No. 4 – Eat Cleansing Foods

Eat Cleansing Foods

If you want to keep your teeth clean, then eat healthy cleansing foods instead of low-quality junk foods that stick to your teeth. Fruit that is crisp and firm will help to remove the food debris, bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Some of these fruits include fresh pears or apples, but you need to use caution while eating these foods to prevent any damage to the brackets and wires of your braces. Cut fruit into tiny chunks or thin slices before eating the foods. You can remove your Invisalign aligners before eating cleansing foods such as fresh strawberries that will help to whiten your teeth naturally.

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