What You Need To Know About Shifting Teeth

With the passage of time, your teeth tend to shift. If you had orthodontics as a child or teenager, then as you grow older, your teeth will do their best to return to their natural position. Alternately, if your teeth have always been perfectly aligned, there is a chance that they can shift and overlap as you grow older.
There is little you can you to keep your teeth from shifting. However, if you do notice your teeth are shifting, then consult with a dentist who will help you minimise the impact. It is very important to visit your dentist as soon as you notice the signs because shifting teeth can lead to a whole range of complications. When teeth move into an open space that belongs to a missing tooth, the chances of filling the gap with a dental implant is compromised. Additionally, shifting teeth can also exacerbate periodontal disease.
If you have had braces in the past, then your orthodontist might recommend wearing retainers at night as an effective way to keep your teeth from shifting back to their natural position. Your orthodontist might also bond a metal wire at the back of your teeth to hold your teeth in place.
Alternately, in case of visible shifting, your orthodontist may recommend braces (orthodontics) in order to correct the misaligned teeth. While it may look awkward, having braces as an adult it will correct the problem effectively. Other solutions for shifting teeth include crowns and veneers as well.
In the meanwhile, there are some additional precautions you can take if you notice your teeth are shifting.
Practice Dental Hygiene
Brush your teeth often. Ideally once after every meal or at least twice a day. Use an electric toothbrush for added control and to ensure that you get to all those crevices. Floss and rinse twice a day as well for added benefits.
Fix Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, get them fixed immediately. Your teeth are prone to move in order to fill any visible gap, so it is important that you fix the gap at the very get go to keep your teeth from shifting.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Regular dental cleaning, ideally twice or thrice a year can keep your teeth free of food particles, plaque and calculus. This, in turn, can keep teeth from moving or over-crowding and of course, keep tooth decay at bay. The additional benefit is that it ensures you visit your dentist regularly who in turn can keep an eye on your shifting teeth.

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