Does it feel like your teeth have changed zip codes over the years? It’s actually completely normal for teeth to shift gradually over time for a number of reasons. But if left untreated, teeth shifting can be hard on your jaw and even lead to dental tooth wear, decay and gum disease. Motto clear aligners can help shift your teeth back into the right position and prevent any further damage. Plus once you’ve got a smile you love, you may just find you can’t help but show it off. If you’re worried about your teeth shifting, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Aspen Dental today.
While there are a variety of reasons that may cause your teeth to shift, here are some of the most common:
As you age, your cheeks and lips do too, and this can impact your teeth. Lips, for example, get thinner and tighter as you grow older. That means more pressure on your teeth and—surprise!—added crowding.
Typically occurring at night, teeth grinding puts pressure on your teeth that can cause your teeth to become misaligned.
Changes to your jaw
Your jaw actually never stops growing forward. This can cause your lower teeth to jut up against your upper teeth lower lip. The width of your jaw also shrinks over time, which can crowd your teeth even more.
Crowded or teeth with spaces lead to Inflammation of your gums and bone due to periodontal disease can weaken your teeth, which can cause them to shift.
If you suspect that your teeth are shifting, take our Smile Assessment to get started today.
You may or may not experience teeth shifting symptoms, but here are some of the telltale signs:
Gaps in your teeth
Retainers not fitting properly
The importance of having straighter teeth goes beyond physical appearance. Straighter teeth can also have a number of positive health benefits.
There’s a lot you can do to help correct teeth shifting and prevent your teeth from moving in the wrong direction down the line.
Wearing clear aligners can help correct the misalignment and shifting of your teeth by applying targeted pressure to your teeth. That pressure slowly moves your teeth into alignment based on your doctor’s prescription. Not only is the Motto process simple but many of our patients complete treatment in less than 6 months.¹
Using good oral hygiene can help prevent further periodontal degradation (loss) leading to teeth shifting and infections. Create an oral routine that’s easy to stick to every day. Brush and floss on a regular basis and make sure you use toothpaste with fluoride. These everyday habits, along with routine visits to your dentist, can go a long way in protecting your gums and bones.
To help prevent further damage from teeth grinding or clenching, consider wearing a night guard or retainer. Do you bite your nails when you’re nervous? Nail biting or chewing on any foreign objects not only damages your teeth, but it can cause them to shift which can lead to malocclusions.
Teeth shifting is a process that is completely natural as you get older. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Motto clear aligners can help you get your smile back on track and protect it for years to come. Book your free scan today.
¹Average patient treatment plan lasts 5.4 months. Results may vary.