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Protrusive front teeth

11/28/2007

Question:

Is it possible for an Orthodontist to move front teeth back without any movement from back teeth?

I am an 20yr old male. I have a class I molar relationship but my upper front teeth (from canine to central) are rotated/protruding out the arch.

Thank you.

Answer:

By standard orthodontics, anchorage of the molars can be enhanced, but some movement may occur. Whether there is a risk depends on the amount of horizontal over-jet you have. If it is minor, sometimes the front teeth can be slenderized to take up less space.

Please talk with your orthodontist to determine what the options are and to discuss the concerns you have.

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Response by:

Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University