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When Teeth Shift at Night, It Usually Points to a Problem

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Classic Smiles
When Teeth Shift at Night, It Usually Points to a Problem Strange as it may seem your teeth do in fact move during your sleep cycle. Now, no they don't move enough for you to look at them in the morning and tell that they have shifted. But our mouths are active places. Teeth are always moving slightly even after braces or other corrective orthodontics.

What Causes Teeth to Shift?

There are several common causes as to why teeth begin to shift. Patients who continually sleep on one side can have their teeth shift because of the constant pressure on that side of their face while they sleep.

As we age our teeth will slowly begin to drift because the teeth and supporting structure are slowly wearing away and growing weaker. As this happens, we are actually causing them to shift with each bite. The weaker the supporting structure and the teeth the further the drift. Because the lower teeth generally tend to wear out before the upper teeth patients will notice the misalignment in those teeth first.

While sleeping quite a few people have the bad habit of clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth. This puts incredible pressure on their teeth and can cause them to misalign over time. Because patients do this most frequently at night it is sometimes difficult to discover it.

Tooth loss can cause teeth to shift if the empty space is not filled. Teeth on either side of the space will try to fill it. In some cases, the tooth above the space can even try to elongate to fill the space because it has nothing to hit against it during the biting motion.

Unfortunately, genetics can play a part in shifting teeth too. Find out your family history and relay this to our office to make a record of it and begin treatment. As always, we are available to field any questions you may have regarding teeth shifting during sleep or any other concerns you may have.
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