There are many possible causes for crowding, including the size and shape of the teeth, the form of the dental arches, the relationship of the skeletal components and patient's own harmful habits.
Determining the cause of each patient's malocclusion is essential for successful diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis.
Some common causes for crowding are extra teeth, lost teeth, impacted teeth or abnormally shaped teeth.
Please see our series of videos on the topic of malocclusion in our Basics of Orthodontics series.
The simplest option is to check “only if needed” and allow our dental technicians to offer their recommendations.
If you have specific preferences for a patient's treatment, though, please let us know when you submit your case. At ClearCorrect, doctors are in charge. We will customize the clear aligners to carry out whatever treatment you prescribe to the best of our ability. If you don't see an option on the form, feel free to provide special instructions in the “additional instructions” section.
For patients with severe crowding, it's usually best to use a combination of techniques. For instance, proclination and expansion are more predictable together than either technique alone.
If the crowding is not too severe, however, you may be able to achieve your goals with just one of the four options (procline, expand, distalize, or IPR).
For more informationonthe above techniques, check out this article in our help center.