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FAQ:  Tooth Movement - Shifting Teeth


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Dynamics of Shift - Movement

Question:
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

Answer:
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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