Dental Tips Blog

Feb
6

Is Your Bite Changing?

Posted in Braces

You’ve gotten a few years older and you’re beginning to notice something changing about your smile. It almost seems as if your teeth are moving out of place and that your bite is changing. If you feel this way it’s not just your imagination – it’s reality. There are several factors that can change our smile over time, causing it to change in the way it looks and feels. Here are just a few reasons why this might be taking place in your smile: 

Mesial Drift

As we mature, our teeth naturally begin to shift forward to the front of our mouth. We often notice this the most on our lower front teeth. What once appeared as perfectly straight teeth may now look like an area of crowding and irregularity. 

Grinding and Clenching

Constant grinding your teeth together due to stress puts excess forces on them, which can cause tooth movement. Consider how pressure from orthodontic treatment moves teeth over time. Wearing a bite splint to reduce the strain on your teeth can stop them from being moved out of place. 

Missing Teeth

If you’ve lost a few teeth over the course of your life, your other teeth are taking notice. It’s normal for other teeth to start drifting out of place when their neighbor or biting partner is no longer there. Teeth may drift sideways, lean, or even erupt further out of their socket than they should. Replacing them as quickly as possible can prevent this from happening. 

What can you do to keep these problems from happening? Regular visits with your dentist can pinpoint bite changes before they become significant. Some people may benefit from a bite splint, retainer or tooth replacement option to help them retain their natural tooth spacing. Book your exam today to discuss these concerns with your dentist before they become too severe.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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