Why teeth shift
Our teeth shift with age due to a lack of bone strength. The teeth aren’t as strong as when they were younger. Even if you had braces as a teenager, conditions can develop that affect the gums, forcing shifting to occur. If you are genetically blessed with naturally straight teeth and you never needed orthodontics, it’s still possible for your teeth to shift. When the bone that holds teeth in place is lost or spaces arise from missing teeth, the teeth move into the empty spaces. The bone can also shrink, causing teeth to become loose and drift. Add in years of wearing fillings and crowns, coupled with the repeated movements made from chewing and clamping down on the teeth, and shifting is inevitable. Another cause for shifting is gum disease. While it’s not usually painful, it can force teeth to become crooked and rotated because the gum pulls away from the tooth.
How to prevent it
If you have retainers, wear them. Even if you never had braces or have not had them for a long time, ask your dentist to fit you for a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting,. Regular cleanings are the most effective way to prevent bone loss. Missing teeth, which age the smile tenfold, also cause your other teeth to shift, so it’s important to restore them. “If a tooth is extracted it must be replaced with an implant or bridge because nature abhors a vacuum and even healthy teeth will move to fill in the space.
What to fix first
If gum disease caused shifting, the issue needs to be corrected before any cosmetic work is done. “The gums will continue to cause problems if the underlying issues aren’t corrected. Then, once the gums are under control, the teeth can be straightened with Quick Straight Teeth’s Six Month Braces or Invisalign.
Align your smile
For teeth that have shifted minimally, removable aligners like Invisalign or Quick Straight Teeth’s Six Month Braces be used. Quick Straight Teeth’s Six Month Braces and Invisalign are some of the best ways to straighten teeth. It returns teeth to the right positions through slow, controlled movements. Adult orthodontics not only create a nicer smile, but they also lead to better functioning teeth. Crooked teeth invite gum inflammation and recession. Straightening them makes them easier to clean and reduces inflammation. Advanced shifting may necessitate conventional braces.