Missing teeth is a condition that I see commonly in my orthodontic practice. Although the treatment can be challenging, there area variety of options depending on the patient's teeth and bite as well as esthetic desires and the recommendations of the dentist. Maxillary lateral incisors are one of the most commonly missing teeth in patients.
A congenitally missing tooth is one that never formed in your jaw and you were born without it. This can be hereditary and passed on from a family member, but it can also happen for no apparent reason.
The treatment options are specific to each patient, but there are generally two options for missing teeth:
Before Orthodontic Treatment
After Orthodontic Treament
*Treated with canine substitution for missing lateral incisors. The canines were reshaped and the patient was referred to a general dentist for cosmetic restoration of the teeth.