Reasons Why Your Bite Can Shift
Did you know that teeth continually shift over time which can cause changes to the bite? Teeth shifting happens throughout our lives and isn’t necessarily something that can be stopped. However, there are some ways that you can help keep teeth from shifting too much. Here’s what you need to know about a shifting bite!
Reasons Your Bite May Have Shifted
There are many factors that can contribute to bite shifts. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Failing to Wear Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment
- Jawbone Shifts
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Teeth Grinding
- Tooth Loss
After orthodontic treatment, teeth can continue to move and shift. Wearing custom retainers regularly after your treatment is complete will help minimize movement after you straighten your smile.
Aging can affect the position of the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone actually begins to move forward and become more narrow. This will drastically affect the bite.
Gum disease can affect tooth alignment. When gum disease loosens teeth, it can increase the risk of teeth shifting and the bite being thrown off.
Teeth grinding wears down and smooths out the natural grooves on the surface of your teeth. When the top of teeth are reshaped, it affects how the teeth sit together and can make it more uncomfortable.
Tooth loss is a leading cause of bite shifts. Tooth loss can cause the jawbone to deteriorate and for remaining teeth to shift around into the gaps.
Fixing Crooked Teeth & Misaligned Bite with Clear Aligners
Are you struggling with an uneven or uncomfortable bite? Clear aligner therapy may be the answer for you! At Donald Kim, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we proudly offer Suresmile® clear aligners to help patients regain their ideal smile and bite. Please contact our office to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We would love to hear from you!
September 30, 2021 1:24 am