How Your Smile Changes as You Age

It’s no secret that your smile changes as you age. Some of these changes may be pleasant, but sometimes they affect your smile in ways you do not like. Here are just four possible ways your smile changes and how a New York, NY orthodontist may be able to help you.

Bottom Teeth Crowding

Your lower jaw loses bone density and shrinks as you get older, which can cause your bottom teeth to shift and become more crowded than usual. Bottom teeth crowding can also happen if you regularly breathe through your mouth or if you’ve suffered any facial trauma.

Front Teeth Gap

A gap between your two front teeth – otherwise known as a diastema – can occur for several reasons such as gum disease, unproportioned jaws due to bone density loss, and pressure from your tongue. 

Post-Orthodontic Shifting

Even if you’ve already received orthodontic treatment, your teeth can still change and shift over time. Your New York, NY orthodontist can fit you with a retainer to keep your teeth in place after you’ve had braces removed. This can help prevent teeth from shifting from the proper position. 

Wrong Bite

As you get older, you can develop a bite disorder in which your lower and upper jaw doesn’t align properly. This is called malocclusion, and symptoms include headaches, clicking jaw joints, and grinding teeth.

Help with Smile Changes

Even though these issues may be normal and common, you don’t have to live with them. The number of adults who seek orthodontic treatment has reached an all-time high. Last year, over 1.6 million adults were treated by orthodontists. That’s about 25% of all adults in the US! If you suspect that your smile is changing as you age, contact Upper East Side Orthodontics. Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, Dr. Jahn’Shahi, and their staff will be glad to answer any questions that you might have.