In a day, the human teeth are et exposed to various types of pressure. From talking, chewing to singing, these negligible stressors may distort teeth alignment, especially when the jaws relax while sleeping.
Main Causes of Teeth Shifting
As one gets older, the jawbone grows thinner. As a result, the bottom teeth squeeze up together. During chewing, this may cause a shift in the upper teeth. Additionally, after an orthodontic procedure, teeth shift as they move back to their initial positions. Other possible causes include teeth grinding and gum diseases like periodontitis, which weakens the gum. While some people grind their teeth as a habit, it weakens them, resulting in a shift in the long run. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) may also cause teeth shifting. This is because obstructive sleep apnea patients wear a mask to receive a steady flow of oxygen. For that reason, the procedure may put pressure on the jawline resulting in teeth movement.
How to Minimize Teeth Shifting
After a tooth extraction or orthodontic work, you should take basic precautions to lessen teeth shifting in the future. Immediately after the removal of braces, our professionals will fit the patients with teeth retainers. To keep your newly straightened teeth in place, you need to wear them for several hours a day. Permanent retainers are quite effective compared to temporary ones. However, you should them checked regularly by an experienced orthodontist. For those who suffer from tooth grinding, you need to address it as soon as possible.
It might take time to drop the habit but wearing mouth guards as you sleep helps a lot. Equally, practice oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing after every meal. Avoid damaging habits to your teeth like smoking and excessive brushing. Most importantly, do not miss the twice-a-year dental checkups. Contact our office and get expert advice on how to protect your teeth and reduce shifting.