While it doesn’t happen to everyone, the majority of Americans experience some form of shifting of their teeth as an adult that impacts the look of their smile. According to New York cosmetic dentist Emanuel Layliev, DDS, teeth remain a moveable entity throughout life and can be displaced at any point due to force. Here’s what leads to the change.
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The position of your tongue
As strange as it may sound, where your tongue sits in your mouth can affect your teeth. Boulder, CO, cosmetic dentist Lori Kemmet, DDS, says the position of the teeth is greatly affected by tongue habits. “The tongue should rest in the palate (roof of the mouth). Habits such as being a mouth breather or unconsciously thrusting your tongue into your teeth makes a huge impact in the position of your teeth over time.”
Spaces and gaps
Any time there is extra space between two teeth, there is a chance one of them will move into it.
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