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Opting to not have the alignment of your teeth corrected in adolescence can eventually lead to other oral health problems later on in adult life. One possible condition that could arise from a minor deviation with the alignment of two or more teeth is known as dental attrition.

As time goes by, the biting surface of one tooth can start to wear excessively on the surface of another tooth. This can gradually erode an area of tooth enamel. If it’s not addressed by a dentist like Dr. Aaron Miyai the developing area of dental attrition could invite tooth decay, cause severe sensitivity, or even lead to a significant dental fracture. If it is caught early, Dr. Aaron Miyai can treat the problem to prevent further complications.

There are a few different options he might recommend, such as dental contouring to edit the shape of the tooth enamel, or using a clear plastic aligner, such as Invisalign®, to correct the relationship between your teeth.

If the tooth has been significantly affected. The location and severity of the problem will determine the method needed to repair the tooth. This might call for a dental filling or restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown. If you are close to one of our locations here in Hawaii and you suspect that dental attrition is starting to affect one of your teeth, you should call (808) 874-9229 to seek treatment at Hawaii Smile Designs.