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Lateral incisors are the two teeth that sit on either side of your two front teeth. What is the purpose of lateral incisors, you ask? Their main function is to cut and tear into food. Since your lateral incisors are situated in the front of your jaw and visible every time you eat, speak, smile, or laugh, taking care of them is of the utmost importance.

In order to protect and maintain your lateral incisors, brush your teeth at least twice a day. If possible, brush after every meal. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day as this will help control the bacteria and plaque that hides between teeth and reaches areas that a toothbrush simply can’t. Additionally, visit the dentist every six months or so for routine exams and cleanings.

Recently, we had a patient who had a lateral incisor that pushed back. Every time they bit down, their lateral incisor when to the backside of their bottom teeth. There was not any room to move their lateral incisor back to where it is supposed to be without moving the other tooth.

If you’re in this situation, visit our office so we can evaluate your lateral incisor and make an appropriate recommendation. One option may be to shave the teeth on each side to make room for that tooth. Another option may be to extract the tooth and replace it with a crown or something else. Also, brackets may be placed inside of the surfaces of the teeth.

Since every patient’s mouth is unique, what may work for one patient may need to be avoided for another patient.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If your lateral incisor is pushed back, call our Ashburn, VA office at (703) 542-7000. One dental team will evaluate your situation and inform you of your options.