What If My Teeth Have Moved Just a Little Bit?
It’s completely normal to experience teeth shifting, especially as you age. Unfortunately, even small shifts can cause challenges to your overall oral health. If your teeth have moved a little, read on to discover what causes teeth shifting and what your orthodontist can do to help.
Teeth moved a little due to aging? Consider Invisalign Lite or Invisalign Express
The aging process can cause several changes that can result in shifting teeth. One example is the shape of your jaw can change as you age. As you get older, your jawbone grows forward and becomes more narrow. This can result in the crowding of your lower teeth. The shift of your lower teeth can then cause your upper teeth to shift due to the change in your bite. Changes in bone density can also affect the shape of the jaw and position of the teeth.
You can tell your teeth have moved a little by looking in the mirror or comparing past and current photos of yourself. If you notice that your teeth have moved, contact your orthodontist and inquire about your treatment options, which can include Invisalign Lite or Invisalign Express.
Invisalign Lite is less expensive and takes less time (approximately four to eight months) than Invisalign Full. Invisalign Lite can fix intermediate orthodontic issues and fix bite issues and misaligned teeth. Invisalign Express offers an excellent method for treating small orthodontic issues in a short amount of time. If you have minimal crowding, two or three crooked teeth, or want a quick fix before a special event, this is the solution for you.
You can save time with these treatments through fewer in-person appointments. Milnor Orthodontics offers virtual consultations with Dental Monitoring. These virtual appointments offer tremendous convenience by allowing patients to get proper care from the comfort of their home and can even reduce the length of treatment since it is easier to keep treatment on track.
Teeth moved a little post-orthodontic treatment? A retainer can help
After your braces have been removed, your teeth may shift slightly. The reason for this is because while our teeth are hard and rigid, they are attached to flexible ligaments below the gums. These ligaments are flexible enough for your teeth to shift into proper position with braces, which also means they can shift back after treatment. Partner this flexibility with the sudden lack of support your teeth have when braces are removed, and you’ll understand why teeth begin to move wayward.
However, not all hope is lost, as your orthodontist have you fitted for a retainer once your braces are removed or you finish wearing your last Invisalign aligner. If you don’t wear your retainer often enough, your teeth will begin shifting, especially right after treatment. This is why it is essential to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for after-care. If your retainer begins to feel tight or not fit due to shifting teeth, make sure to schedule a visit with your orthodontist immediately.
Grind your teeth? Wear a mouthguard at night
You may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth (bruxism) at night, but your orthodontist can spot the signs by wear patterns on your teeth. Grinding your teeth can cause your teeth to shift, so talk with your orthodontist about wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent the wear, tear, and shifting that comes with teeth grinding.
If you are experiencing a shift in your teeth, contact Dr. Milnor to schedule an appointment today.
At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 484-3214 or visit milnororthodontics.com to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.