Teeth Shifting : 6 Reasons

Just like other parts of our body, our mouth is also always going through changes. That includes a change in your teeth too.

Understanding how and why these changes happen can help you to find an effective solution for it.

If you’ve noticed a change in your smile or some movement during it; no need to worry it’s very common.

This is due to teeth shifting. Teeth shifting usually happens when there is inflammation of gums and bones tissue that surround the teeth and gums. The bone loss over teeth means less support for them to stay in one place causing gaps between your teeth.

Here are a few reasons why your teeth will keep shifting during the course of your life:

1. Genetics

Your smile is usually related to your genes, however even if you are born with a straight smile if you have a history of teeth shifting in your genetics, it is going to happen no matter what.

2. The Lower Jaw Is Always Growing

Your mandible (lower jaw) keeps growing forward throughout your life. Yes it’s a surprising reason but when your jaw grows forward, even if the growth is very minute it causes your front teeth on the lower jaw to bump into front teeth from the upper side. This can either cause gaps in your upper teeth or crowding in your lower teeth. If you already have gaps or crowding, it will keep on getting worse with time.

3. Grinding

Grinding (teeth clenching) actually causes extensive tooth loss, the reason is that grinding forces your lower jaw to come forward and this creates tension on your upper teeth. This causes your teeth to go out of alignment and shift. It can result in the surrounding tissue to be damaged. Excessive grinding also results in shorter teeth because of the constant teeth loss.

4. Periodontal disease

This is the inflammation of tissues that surround the teeth. These are mostly the tissues on gum and bones. It can be caused by a number of factors, including: failure of oral care, failure to have tooth cleanings, or gum disease which can result in the weakening or destruction of the surrounding bone. Your best bet to prevent this from happening is to take care of your oral hygiene and regularly visit your dentist.

5. Aging

As you get older, the area between the teeth starts wearing away. The enamel that protects your teeth, starts thinning out and because your lower teeth are already thinner than your upper teeth, they wear out faster; causing your teeth to shift.

6. Cavities

When your cavities are filled, the composite can cause your teeth to change a bit. If this is not taken care of, then it can spread to your gums and bones causing loss and loosening of teeth.

You know the reasons for teeth shifting, but now you are probably wondering what can be done about it? Well, not to worry we have got you covered here too. To stop or slow down the process of teeth shifting you can use these tips below:

  • Oral Care

Regularly visit your dentist or oral hygienist to maintain oral health and prevent tooth loss.

  • Retainers

Retainers are actually your best bet to prevent teeth shifting. The come in different designs and forms, however one irritating part about it is that you have to wear them all your life. Although it’s a small price to pay for a million dollar smile.

  • Orthodontic treatment

It is essential you realise that any problem related to the teeth will not resolve itself, infact if you leave it be, it will keep getting worse over the period of time. Any amount of spacing or crowding, no matter how minute is important enough to be addressed.

Dental and oral hygiene is very important in maintaining good health. Everyone desires to have a perfect smile and it is very important that the shifting of teeth does not happen too much as it can cause you to have crooked and crowded teeth which can look very unflattering while smiling.

There is no need to worry though, just make sure you follow these tips and take care of your mouth the way you do the rest of your body and you are good to go!

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