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Why Teeth Shifting Occurs and How to Avoid It

Teeth Shifting

Do you know your teeth keep shifting throw-out your life? The shift is so gradual that you don’t realize it. Your teeth keep moving even after braces treatment. Why do teeth shifting happen? Like your other body parts, your mouth also keeps growing with age. So basically, teeth shifting is an age-related phenomenon.
But it can get out of hand if you don’t take proper care at the right time. It helps to understand what causes teeth to shift apart from aging and what you can do to minimize its effect. So keep reading.

What are the Causes of Teeth Shifting?

It’s natural to wonder “why my teeth are shifting,” especially if you spot the signs that your teeth are shifting at a worrying fast pace. Here is your answer!

Following substantial factors may cause teeth to shift over time.

Jawbone Growth

Your jawbone grows forward with age. It also gets narrower than before. It causes various other dental issues such as crowding and abnormal bite apart from bottom front teeth shifting. These changes can be insignificant for some people, while others may need to fix them.

Gum Diseases

Gum disease adversely affects the health of your gum tissues. It weakens the gums so that they no longer keep teeth in place. It can also lead to severe complications, such as destroying the bone that supports the teeth. Teeth shifting can be a domino effect of gum disease.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a condition when you grind your teeth to the extent of damaging them. This damage is not restricted till the wear and tear of the teeth. It also causes teeth shifting and subsequent pain. Teeth grinding may occur in both asleep and awake states.

Tooth Loss

It is natural for the adjacent or opposite teeth to shift place if a tooth is removed. Your teeth may be removed due to being damaged in an injury or decay beyond repair. If you go through tooth removal, there are chances of other teeth moving to get into the space created by the lost tooth.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Poor dental hygiene is an open invitation to various oral health issues such as gum infection, tooth decay, tooth loss, etc. If these oral health issues are untreated or not treated on time, they may lead to tooth loss and, ultimately, teeth shifting.

Orthodontic Treatment


The teeth are always more comfortable in their original position. When you move them through orthodontic treatment such as braces, they may become unstable. Therefore, you may sometimes experience significant teeth shifting after braces treatment for your bite issues or crooked teeth.

How Can You Prevent Teeth Shifting?


A wise man once said, “prevention is better than cure.” But if teeth shift with age, how can you prevent it? The age-related teeth shifting can’t be controlled, and you don’t need to prevent it. Orthodontists are prepared to treat teeth moving with age.
However, you can maintain good oral hygiene to avoid oral health issues to prevent major teeth shifting. Good oral hygiene ensures good oral health and fewer dental issues. Also, visiting your dentist regularly for dental assessments helps. Your orthodontist can catch any underlying oral health condition during check-ups and treat it before it worsens.

How to Treat Teeth Shifting?

Teeth-shifting pain and visible occurrence can be annoying to anyone. But you can treat it if you begin any of the following treatments as soon as you spot shifting teeth symptoms.

Retainers

A retainer is a device that keeps your teeth in place and stops them from moving. You may need to wear retainers for longer or a lifetime, but it’s worth it as you are awarded with an attractive smile. And you can get clear retainers that are not visible to others, such as Invisalign.

Dental Restorations

Your dentist or orthodontist can restore your crooked or missing teeth and also repair your tooth structure through dental restoration. It sometimes helps stop the teeth from shifting as they don’t get extra space and are also well-rooted.

Tooth Implants


It is a perfect solution for shifting teeth due to missing teeth. It replaces the root portion of the tooth. Also, an artificial crown is implanted at the place of the tooth. It strengthens the overall jaw and teeth structure and prevents abnormal teeth shifting.

Need consultation from an experienced orthodontist in Carmel Hamlet, NY or Briarcliff Manor, NY, regarding shifting teeth or other orthodontics issues? Contact us now!

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Dr. Satish Pai

Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence.  As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. 

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