Midline teeth misalignment is common among adults — even affecting actor Tom Cruise in 2002. It is characterized by the asymmetry of the upper and lower dental arches.
If you think you have a canted midline, there is a trick you can do at home. Look in a mirror and trace an imaginary vertical line down the center of your face. This line should run between your eyes, over the peak of your nose and between your two front teeth. If the line between your two front teeth is slightly off-center of the imaginary line, you may have midline misalignment.
The following are also symptoms that occur when your dental midlines are not matched:
A dental midline misalignment can occur for various reasons, such as:
Thankfully, midline misalignment is not a serious medical concern. The primary reason adults seek treatment is for cosmetic purposes.
However, any time your teeth are misaligned, it can increase your risk of bite complications. If you develop problems with your bite, like the ones listed above, this can cause wear and tear on your teeth. You should address your midline misalignment to prevent issues like tooth decay, jaw pain and gum disease, which may require more complicated treatment.
The good news is that several midline misalignment treatments have been proven effective. Whether it is cosmetic or has contributed to a bite issue, this condition is highly treatable. At Reflections Orthodontics, we offer treatments such as:
For more information on how we can help achieve midline teeth alignment, contact Reflections Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with our professionals. You can use our online form or call our Clarksville offices at 931.647.6370 or 931.552.1339, or call 615.908.3971 to reach our Pleasant View facility.