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FAQ:  Tooth Movement - Shifting Teeth

Lost Retainer Treatment Option
Dynamics of Shift - Movement

I didn't have very bad teeth when I was young. I had a square smile, but I am obsessed with straight teeth.

Therefore, I put braces for 11 months but my orthodontist told me that my teeth were too small for my mouth so he had to add a little bit of artificial teeth to both my canines.

After a few months, I was eating and the artificial part of my tooth fell. I realized that my teeth started to shift a tiny bit, causing my right front tooth to be a little bit forward compared to my left tooth which led to a small gap.

It's barely noticeable, I'm the only one who notices it but i'm obsessed with straight teeth. I still ise my retainer. What can I do to fix this, if I don't want to use braces? ... Visitor from Quebec

Composite bonding material can be reapplied to cosmetically "fill in" the gap.

There may be some other issues worth investigating, however. You may have a minor bite problem that was causing that tooth to "hit" too early.

If your teeth were determined to be undersized, you may also have a "small roots" problem that can lead to more and more shifting.

Dental veneers are often used as a means for treating orthodontic issues that are mostly cosmetic. Some dentists can actually correct minor bite problems with quality veneers.

It would be a good idea to get an independent consult from a reconstructive dentist or even a periodontist, to get a full assessment of the root structure characteristics of the affected tooth. This might prevent the expense of a treatment that doesn't address issues that are more related to bite dynamics or a changing bite that might be caused by having short roots.

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