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If one of my bottom front teeth moved forward after wearing braces and retainers, is there a way to correct only that tooth? And if the root of that tooth is already short, is there a way to correct the tooth without making its root shorter?

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In brief: Complex Questions

If only that one tooth shifted (highly unlikely) then only that one tooth will be repositioned.
Moving teeth with light, continuous forces should not damage or cause the root of that tooth to resorb. Your local orthodontist can further explain.

In brief: Complex Questions

If only that one tooth shifted (highly unlikely) then only that one tooth will be repositioned.
Moving teeth with light, continuous forces should not damage or cause the root of that tooth to resorb. Your local orthodontist can further explain.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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In brief: Yes

Have your orthodontist have a look & give you options.
May be as simple as wearing your retainer.

In brief: Yes

Have your orthodontist have a look & give you options.
May be as simple as wearing your retainer.
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Shifting teeth

Retainers need be worn for as longs you want your teeth to stay straight.
Once discontinued, teeth may shift. A tooth can be moved if ther is enough room. If adjacent teeth have drifted into displaced tooth's space, then more than just correcting one tooth is required. Please see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist to evaluate and advise, including condition of tooth root.

In brief: Shifting teeth

Retainers need be worn for as longs you want your teeth to stay straight.
Once discontinued, teeth may shift. A tooth can be moved if ther is enough room. If adjacent teeth have drifted into displaced tooth's space, then more than just correcting one tooth is required. Please see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist to evaluate and advise, including condition of tooth root.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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