The body changes over time but teeth are meant to stay in place. Tooth movement is a sign of trouble and can lead to larger complications if left to continue. If you’re experiencing tooth movement it could be the form of an illness, habit, or a hereditary cause. Here are some reasons why teeth move.
Natural aging: jaw muscles and ligaments age with the rest of the body. Over time the ligaments tissues and fibers comprising the jaw grow weak. Teeth can grow loose, shifting the bite. Aging facial structures can affect teeth as well. Lips contract as they age, creating pressure on the exterior of the bite pushing teeth in word. Jaw movement: changes in structure are part of the aging process but they can contribute to teeth movement. Jawbones move forward throughout a person’s complete lifespan. Finally, the force created by lower teeth can push the upper teeth out of place. The teeth ten become misaligned, which can alter the bite and cause more teeth to shift. Osteo variations: mineral content in bones all over the body tends to decrease over time which decreases bone density. This includes the jaw bone. The connections attaching teeth to the jaw can then weaken causing teeth to shift. Tooth grinding: can cause teeth to move through force and wear. An assessed 10% of the population grinds their teeth. Many do so unconsciously lead to unexplained shifts in the bite. Tooth loss: Tooth loss from damage or sickness can cause adjacent and opposite teeth to move. Adults with missing teeth risk damaging their remaining teeth over time. Teeth will naturally start to shift to fill the space left by a missing tooth, whether through vertical or lateral movement. Damaged teeth also affect bite alignment. Gum disease: periodontal disease can destroy gum tissue and jaw bone leading to tooth movement. Many more reasons that can cause teeth shifting. Regardless of the cause consult a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further movement and to fix the teeth that have already shifted.