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What types of tooth movement can be done in orthodontics?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
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In brief: Tooth Movement

Teeth can amazingly be moved in many ways, up, down, sideways, in angles, etc.
There are some factors and limitations to tooth movement such as ankylosis ( a tooth that has fused to a bone). Other factors include how far a tooth needs to be moved in the bone or if other teeth are in the way of the tooth being moved. So, teeth can be moved in most directions but there are limitations.

In brief: Tooth Movement

Teeth can amazingly be moved in many ways, up, down, sideways, in angles, etc.
There are some factors and limitations to tooth movement such as ankylosis ( a tooth that has fused to a bone). Other factors include how far a tooth needs to be moved in the bone or if other teeth are in the way of the tooth being moved. So, teeth can be moved in most directions but there are limitations.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. David Schleimer
We can move teeth almost anywhere, the real question an orthodontist must ask is: should I, in the patient's best interest do so.
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Level and aligning, tipping, rotating, extruding and intruding.

In brief: See below

Level and aligning, tipping, rotating, extruding and intruding.
Dr. Stephen Tsoucaris
Dr. Stephen Tsoucaris
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Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: In all 3 dimensions

Teeth can be moved within the bone in all dimensions.
The furthest I have moved a tooth in my 30 years of practice is 28 mm for a lower 3rd molar at the tip of the root. Crowns can be moved further, but the tooth will not be upright.

In brief: In all 3 dimensions

Teeth can be moved within the bone in all dimensions.
The furthest I have moved a tooth in my 30 years of practice is 28 mm for a lower 3rd molar at the tip of the root. Crowns can be moved further, but the tooth will not be upright.
Dr. Robert Stoner
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Oh so many things

Movement is not limitless, but there are so many treatments available in orthodontics to resolve your malocclusion (bad bite).
1st orthodontic check-up age 7. Treatment can be done at any age within limits. Go see a university trained orthodontic specialist for an examination and for discussion of what can be done to resolve your specific problem or set of problems. You'll be glad you did.

In brief: Oh so many things

Movement is not limitless, but there are so many treatments available in orthodontics to resolve your malocclusion (bad bite).
1st orthodontic check-up age 7. Treatment can be done at any age within limits. Go see a university trained orthodontic specialist for an examination and for discussion of what can be done to resolve your specific problem or set of problems. You'll be glad you did.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Every plane of space

Teeth can be rotated, tipped, moved in/out, torqued, intruded/extruded.
There are limits to how far each of these movements can be pushed.

In brief: Every plane of space

Teeth can be rotated, tipped, moved in/out, torqued, intruded/extruded.
There are limits to how far each of these movements can be pushed.
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Most anything

Orthodontists can move teeth in almost any way.
The challenge is knowing what is the best for each individual patient. With new technologies in orthodontics (skeletal anchorage for example) we can move teeth in any direction. The care taken in case selection is paramount. Just because we can do it, does not mean it is correct for a particular patient. Proper diagnosis and planning are key.

In brief: Most anything

Orthodontists can move teeth in almost any way.
The challenge is knowing what is the best for each individual patient. With new technologies in orthodontics (skeletal anchorage for example) we can move teeth in any direction. The care taken in case selection is paramount. Just because we can do it, does not mean it is correct for a particular patient. Proper diagnosis and planning are key.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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In brief: Up down all around

Within the gums and bone available , teeth can be rotated , moved up and down, translated, and occasionally transplanted.
The best way to know what can be done with your teeth is to discuss your individual needs with your orthodontist.

In brief: Up down all around

Within the gums and bone available , teeth can be rotated , moved up and down, translated, and occasionally transplanted.
The best way to know what can be done with your teeth is to discuss your individual needs with your orthodontist.
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