How Does Your Smile Change as You Age?

We all know that our smiles change with age. Everyone is aware that children lose their baby teeth and develop and grow their adult teeth in adolescence. Many, however, are unaware that teeth can also shift during adulthood too! Here are a few types of common changes we see in patients as they age:

1. Bottom Teeth Crowding – there are many theories as to why lower teeth crowd with age but numerous studies have shown that teeth, especially the lower front ones, have a tendency to crowd over time.

2. Front Teeth Gap – unproportioned jaws and teeth can cause space to develop in between your front teeth over time. The pressure of your tongue against your front teeth from swallowing can also lead to the development of a gap. Gum disease and the resultant loss of bone and support can also result in spacing over time.

3. Post-Orthodontic Teeth Shifting – if you forget to use a retainer after completing your orthodontic treatment, your teeth can start to shift out of their new position. Keep up good retainer wear and care! Replace a worn retainer, or come in for an updated one!

Your teeth can change at any age. The good news is that orthodontic treatment has no age limit. We treat patients from 7 to 70! Our office proudly serves patients in Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and the rest of the Durham region. Contact us for your appointment today!

– The Taunton Orthodontics Team

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