In the United States, 120 million people are missing at least one tooth. This can lead to a variety of oral health issues such as other teeth shifting into the gaps. When teeth shift, this changes your bite and can weaken your remaining teeth. Thankfully, you can take your dental health into your own hands. Here are some common reasons why this happens and methods your dentist may use to prevent teeth shifting.
Why Teeth Shift
Moving teeth is a sign of trouble and can lead to other complications if left untreated. Some reasons why this happens include:
- The lips contract and jawbones shift forward as we age, which pushes teeth out of place
- Bone density reduces over time, which can weaken the connections that attach teeth to the jaw
- Tooth grinding, or bruxism, can forcefully move teeth out of place
- Tooth loss because of injury or illness can cause nearby teeth to shift to fill the space
- Gum disease can destroy gum tissue and damage the jawbone leading to tooth movement
- Common dental and orthodontic procedures such as installing dental implants and Invisalign
- Involuntarily pushing the tongue against the teeth can gradually cause a gap to form between the upper and lower teeth
How to Keep Teeth from Shifting
If you’re having issues with teeth shifting, ask your dentist about Invisalign to help correct the problem by moving them into the correct position. Your dentist may also have you wear a retainer once treatment has been completed to keep teeth in place. If you have teeth missing, look into getting them replaced with dental implants or dentures to prevent shifting. Mouth guards can be helpful with tooth grinding, and crowns and veneers can help improve the appearance of shifting teeth by making them look more uniform.
Keeping up with your oral hygiene can also help prevent tooth shifting. Make sure to brush your teeth twice per day and floss once to keep your teeth healthy and avoid tooth loss from infection or disease. Refrain from eating foods that can crack, chip, or put unnecessary pressure on your teeth. Visit the dentist twice per year so they can identify any complications that may lead to teeth shifting or other health issues.
Regardless of the cause, reach out to your dentist as you notice any teeth shifting to prevent further tooth movement. With prompt treatment and a good oral health routine, you can encourage your teeth to stay where they belong!
About the Practice
The Worthington, OH dental office of Dr. Randall Nameth offers patients state-of-the-art dental care to exceed their expectations. We provide families in Worthington, Columbus, and the surrounding areas with the dental care they deserve to aid them in achieving healthier smiles. In addition to offering treatment options that meet your unique oral health needs such as Invisalign, we’re happy to schedule blocks of appointments for the whole family. We are dedicated to ensuring patients feel comfortable and safe in our stress-free office. For more information about how to correct shifting teeth, call (614) 846-2222 or visit our website.