Why Are My Teeth Getting Crooked as I Get Older?

Middle aged woman smiling Your teeth have been straight for most of your adult life. You can thank either genetics or teenage orthodontic treatment for that. But now you’ve noticed that they’re moving and shifting with age. Here’s an explanation for three common changes our orthodontist sees in older patients:

  1. Crowded bottom front teeth: Your jaw bone loses density and gets smaller over time. That shrinkage can lead to bottom teeth crowding because it means that things don’t match up the way they did before. Crowding can also happen as a result of breathing through your mouth, facial trauma, and tongue thrust.
  2. Front tooth gap: Diastema is the term for a space between two front teeth. It can develop if your teeth are too small for your jaw bone or if your gum tissue grows too much. Incorrect swallowing reflexes that put pressure on the front teeth can also lead to a front tooth gap. Gum disease is another major culprit. You can usually recognize its symptoms, which include red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

  3. Bite issues: Your teeth wear down with age. You may even lose some of them to injury or disease. These factors set the stage for a misaligned bite. If your bite is wrong, you might suffer from chronic headaches, clicking and popping jaw joints, ringing in your ears, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

We also see patients who have experienced post-orthodontic teeth shifting. Remember that it’s important to wear a retainer to maintain the ideal position of your teeth after having braces or aligners. If your retainer doesn’t fit anymore due to dental restorations, tooth loss, or other age-related factors, you’ll need to get a new one.

Straighten Your Smile at Any Age

You don’t have to live with these unwanted changes to your smile. It’s never too late for orthodontic treatment. We offer modern options such as Invisalign® and Inbrace® that are virtually undetectable.

Call 303-331-0222 today to schedule a consultation with experienced orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman. Advanced Orthodontic Care welcomes patients from Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton, and nearby Colorado communities.

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