The 7 Biggest Teeth Shifters


  1. Grinding & Clenching

Biting down hard on your teeth and moving your mouth back and forth wears down your teeth. Known as grinding and clenching, this habitual act puts tension and force on the upper teeth and pushes the lower jaw forward.


  1. Bone Loss

Believe it or not, a change in the density of your bones can cause your gums to recede and affect your smile. The health of the bone supporting your teeth is important; if it changes, your teeth will shift.


  1. Age

Your smile falls victim to the hands of time, too. Teeth shift as you get older because of a lost tooth or periodontal disease, which weakens the hold of the tooth. They also begin to thin out, so they wear away faster.


  1. Tooth Decay

Caused by inadequate dental hygiene, especially a lack of or failure to floss, decay that sits in the teeth can wear away at healthy enamel and leave more of a space between teeth than what naturally exists. The decay doesn’t allow for the teeth to fit together properly. The cause of the problem needs to be identified and stopped so it doesn’t happen again once it’s fixed.


  1. Genetics

Some of us are lucky to have been born with picture-perfect straight teeth. But, just because you didn’t succumb to braces in your teenage years, doesn’t mean you might not need them at a later date. If your parents or grandparents lost teeth due to bone disease or had full dentures, you may have a similar experience. The genetic pattern of bone loss can kick in around age 60, causing a visible change in your teeth.


  1. Tongue Thrusting

Constantly pushing your tongue against your teeth can force them out of place. Tongue thrusting happens during swallowing. Instead of putting the tongue at the roof of the mouth, the tongue is placed up against the teeth, which can cause the front teeth to flare out and make spaces between the teeth too. When spaces exist, the teeth can become mobile.


  1. Not wearing a retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you had braces or orthodontics as a teenager or an adult, you need to wear a retainer afterward to prevent your teeth from moving. You can either use a removable retainer or a wire retainer permanently placed on the back of the teeth. The wire retainer removes the responsibility of having to remember to wear a retainer.

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