Causes of Shifting Teeth

Causes of Shifting Teeth

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Sometimes your teeth may shift out of their usual position. You may notice gaps or spaces between your teeth that weren’t there before. Your teeth may overlap or seem crowded together. If you see any of these signs, your teeth may be shifting or have shifted. 

What causes shifting teeth? What should you do if you notice that your teeth have shifted? Here are the top 7 causes of shifting teeth and what you should do about it. 

1. Teeth grinding. 

If you grind your teeth on a frequent basis it can eventually cause your teeth to shift out of place. The constant pressure as your teeth press together can damage the support structures for the teeth and cause them to loosen their hold, allowing the teeth to shift. 

2. Missing teeth. 

When even one tooth is missing it can cause the other teeth to shift out of place. Each tooth has its place in your mouth and the absence of one or more can cause the others to move. 

3. New teeth coming in.

Children from infants to teenagers and even young adults may have new teeth that come in. As new teeth come in, the existing teeth may shift somewhat.

4. Not wearing your retainers as directed by your orthodontist. 

If you have had orthodontic treatment of any kind it is common to need retainers afterwards to keep the teeth in their new position. When you don’t wear your retainers as directed by your orthodontist, it can cause your teeth to shift back to their old position, potentially resulting in the need for repeat treatment. 

5. Gum disease.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. When it goes untreated for an extended period of time, the gum tissue tends to pull away from the teeth, causing the teeth to become loose and shift out of place. Gum disease can also damage the jaw bone, resulting in a lack of support for the teeth. 

6. Injury to the mouth. 

An accident resulting in an injury to the mouth can cause the teeth to shift out of place. One or more teeth may be dislodged or displaced due to a blunt trauma to the mouth or face. 

7. Jaw growth.

The shape of the jaw changes with age, growing longer and narrower in many cases. This can cause the teeth to shift into different positions as the jaw changes shape. 

What Should I Do About Shifting Teeth? 

In many cases shifting teeth can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Braces, aligners, and other orthodontic treatments can properly align your teeth and bite to improve dental and oral health. 

Where Should I Go for Orthodontic Treatment?

Dr. Suzanne Stock provides orthodontic treatment for shifting teeth. If you think your teeth have shifted out of place or you notice gaps or overlapping teeth, it may be time for an orthodontic evaluation. 

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment at one of our 4 convenient locations.