Do Teeth Shift or Move After Age 40?

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Gray hair and wrinkles often come to mind when we think of aging. However, aging may also cause the teeth to shift. Even after your 40 years od, your teeth can spread apart when a special muscle in the front of your mouth begins to relax.

Gum disease, which is often the result of bacteria living under gum tissue, may cause your teeth to move as well. The bacteria may lead to inflammation and hinder the bone which holds the teeth in. Habits such a nail biting and tongue thrusting may also lead to teeth shifting.

The good news is that there are several ways you can prevent your teeth from moving or stop the moving in its tracks. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend:

Regular Checkups

By visiting your dentist every six months or so, you can keep any teeth shifting at bay. Regular dental exams and cleanings paired with excellent oral hygiene at home are essential. A dentist can detect teeth shifting before it becomes a serious problem and guide you on how to resolve this issue.


If you have cosmetic flaws on your teeth, veneers may be a great option that give you a natural look and feel. Veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain or resin, that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the beauty of your smile.


Invisalign may be a good idea if you have many teeth that have moved and have led to a crooked appearance that makes you feel self-conscious and/or hinders your oral health.


If you grind your teeth at night, a custom nightguard may be right for you. It can help you sleep well at night while protecting your teeth from grinding.

Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are concerned about your teeth moving with age, call our office at 703-439-1214 today to schedule an appointment.