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Shifting teeth

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Patient
Posted by: woofitall  (5 years ago)
Dear Doctor,

When I was a teenager, I had braces and I wore a removable retainer on my top teeth for three years (I was 19 years old then). I am now 41 years old. I had a few cavities but they have been filled. I go to the dental office twice a year for my receding gums. Over the past few months, I noticed that my two top front teeth have been shifting and slightly overlapping. Why did this happen? What can I do to stop and correct this?

Thank you for your professional help!
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Dentist
Hello woofitall!

It could be a periodontal issue; I would visit a periodontist – a specialist for this kind of problem.

It could also that your teeth are simply drifting, due to your muscle tone and facial structure changing as part of the ageing process. In this case it would make sense to start using a retainer again.

All the best!
LG M.C. Hurtarde
Posted 5 years ago
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Posted by: woofitall  (5 years ago)
Thanks a lot for your response. I will definitely consult with a periodontist and an orthodontist to have my situation evaluated.
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Posted by: codehacker  (5 years ago)
Go to an orthodontist and request for a complete examination and be treated accordingly. You can have the teeth re-aligned and then wear a retainer indefinitely.
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