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What Causes Teeth to Shift?

April 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — solomondental @ 7:09 pm
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You aren’t a child anymore, but this doesn’t mean that your body has stopped changing. This includes your smile as well. Tooth movement can be a sign of certain issues and can even lead to complications if it isn’t addressed sooner rather than later. If you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t sitting quite how they used to, it’s a good idea to bring it up to your dentist. Read on to learn some reasons why this could be happening as well as some possible solutions.

5 Causes of Shifting Teeth

Here are some of the more common reasons why your teeth could be shifting:

  • Aging: As you get older, your jaw muscles and ligaments will continue to change. The tissues, fibers, and ligaments will become weaker, and teeth can loosen as a result, therefore altering your bite.
  • Jaw Movement: Your jawbones shift forward throughout your life. Eventually, the force created by your lower teeth can move the upper teeth out of place and cause misalignment issues.
  • Osteo Changes: The mineral content in your bones tends to decrease over time, so your bone density will also reduce. This includes your jawbone. The connections that attach your tooth to the jaw can weaken, resulting in movement.
  • Tooth Loss: If you have gaps in your smile, the surrounding teeth can move in order to fill in the empty space.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can cause teeth to move due to force and wear. Many people who have this condition aren’t aware of it because it usually occurs at night during sleep.

What Can You Do About Shifting Teeth?

Here are a few options that can possibly help with shifting teeth:

  • Orthodontic Treatment: If your teeth are misaligned, there are a variety of orthodontic solutions out there that can bring them back to their aligned positions. This includes traditional braces and clear aligners, like Invisalign.
  • Tooth Replacement: By filling in the gaps where you are missing teeth, you can prevent the surrounding teeth from following suite.
  • Nightguards: If you have bruxism, you will likely benefit from a nightguard. You wear this appliance while you sleep to lessen the stress on your teeth as a result of clenching and grinding.

There are numerous causes of shifting teeth, so it’s important to talk to your dentist to get to the bottom of the issue. This way, you can come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you!

About the Author

Dr. Carin J. Solomon is an experienced dentist who ahs been working in the field for well over three decades. She earned her dental doctorate from the University of Michigan. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the Spear Study Club of The Woodlands. If you have experienced teeth shifting, she would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in The Woodlands, visit her website or call (281) 367-4007.