Teeth will naturally shift and change position over time. This can be so frustrating but advancements in orthodontics have provided us with a more discreet alternative to realigning teeth. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS, dentist explains the reasons why teeth can shift over time and how the misalignment can be corrected with our Orthodontic Clear Aligners.
Aging and Genetics
Our bodies undergo various changes as we age, and the same applies to our teeth. Over time, the supportive structures in our mouths, such as the gums and jawbone, can undergo alterations. These changes can gradually lead to teeth shifting or overcrowding. Some people are genetically predisposed to have staggered or crooked teeth. These genetic variations can make teeth more prone to shifting.
Poor Oral Habits
It’s important to be aware of any oral habits such as nail-biting, excessive thumb sucking (in children), tongue thrusting, or using teeth for tasks other than eating, such as opening packages. These actions can create uneven pressure on the teeth, leading to poor alignment. At your dental check-ups, we look for these detrimental signs and have tips and tricks to manage poor habits.
Certain dental conditions, such as gum disease or temporomandibular joint disorder, can disrupt the stability of teeth. Gum disease weakens the supporting structures around teeth, while TMJ can cause bite abnormalities, both of which can lead to shifting.
When a tooth is lost, whether due to injury, decay, or extraction, the surrounding teeth can start to shift to fill in the gap. This shifting can cause misalignment over time. Therefore, it’s essential to fill the spaces promptly to prevent further movement. We provide several options for replacement including dental bridges and implants.
Correcting Misalignment with Orthodontic Clear Aligners
Traditional metal braces have long been the go-to treatment for straightening teeth. However, many people are now opting for clear orthodontic aligners to achieve a straighter smile. These trays are custom-made using advanced digital technology creating a series of aligners to gradually move the teeth into their desired positions. They are made from transparent, medical-grade plastic, making them an aesthetically pleasing option for those who prefer a more discreet orthodontic treatment.
One of the major advantages of clear aligners is being able to remove them for eating, brushing teeth, or for special occasions. This allows for more flexibility and convenience during treatment although they need to be worn at least 22 hours a day for the best results.
Schedule An Orthodontic Consultation Today
By addressing the reasons behind teeth shifting and opting for clear aligner treatment, individuals can achieve a straighter smile while maintaining their confidence and oral health. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, please reach out to our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.