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Minor Tooth Movement


A woman smiling after dentures at Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA Your teeth are a small part of your mouth that play many big roles. The alignment of your teeth is crucial. Not only do crooked teeth affect the quality of your smile, but they can also impact your confidence, your oral health, and your quality of life. Even minor changes in your tooth alignment can have a major impact. At Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA, we can assess the movement of your teeth and provide you with the treatment you need to restore the alignment of your teeth, giving you back your beautiful smile as well as your oral health.

What Causes Minor Tooth Movement?


There are a few different issues that can lead to minor movements in your teeth. These issues include:
•  Orthodontic relapse. If you have previously undergone orthodontic treatment, but no longer wear a retainer, the teeth can begin to shift slightly out of alignment.
•  Bruxism. This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. The excessive pressure placed on your teeth can cause them to become loose and shift.
•  Gum disease. Advanced stages of gum disease cause gum recession and also weaken your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. This then leads to loose teeth.
•  Dental restorations. Some dental restorations can cause minor shifting in the alignment of adjacent teeth.
•  Facial trauma. Facial trauma can alter the alignment of your teeth, even just slightly.
•  Tooth loss. Losing a tooth causes bone loss in the jaw, which can then lead to the adjacent teeth shifting out of place.
•  Certain types of food. Certain types of foods, when eaten consistently, can cause minor movement in your teeth.

Effects of Minor Tooth Movement


When your teeth shift out of alignment, even only slightly, several issues can arise. These include:
•  Aesthetic issues. Slight shifting can cause small spaces between your teeth or slightly overlapping. These issues, while minor, can have a significant impact on the quality of your smile as well as your confidence.
•  Your bite pattern changes. Your teeth are made to make contact with the opposing teeth in a certain way. When the way in which your teeth connect is altered, it can increase your risk for uneven wear and tooth damage.
•  Your risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. Your teeth become harder to keep clean, which can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria.
•  Your risk for bruxism increases. Bruxism can lead to severe pain in your jaw and temporomandibular joints.

Treating Minor Tooth Movement


Minor tooth movement can be treated, restoring the appearance of your smile and the health of your mouth. Treatments for minor tooth movement include:
•  Clear aligners. Clear aligners are one of the most common treatments for treating minor tooth movement. These aligners, made from a clear, rigid plastic, are designed to sit over your teeth, helping to realign your smile. The aligners are meant to be worn 20 to 22 hours each day and are practically invisible when set in place.
•  Removable retainers. Also called spring retainers, small springs or elastics are used with these retainers to help realign your teeth.
•  Braces. Braces use brackets and wires to correct the alignment of your teeth.

If you have noticed changes in the alignment of your teeth, and these changes are affecting your life, getting the appropriate treatment can help. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA at (907) 802-4519 today.
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