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Teeth and lip alignment

05/31/2007

Question:

My top and bottom teeth are perfectly aligned. However, my top middle line (between my two front teeth) is not aligned with the center of my top lip. As a result, when I smile my teeth are going in one direction and my lips in another. Can this be fixed and how? Thanks for your advice.

Answer:

It is not uncommon to have the midline of the teeth not on line with the midline of the lip. If you have had orthodontics, I would recommend you go back to your orthodontist for advice. If you have not had orthodontics, it would still be advisable to ask what can be done. There may be a shift of one of the arches of teeth which could be corrected by orthodontic treatment.

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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