Aging is a natural process that happens to everyone, and as it happens there are aspects of our bodies and minds that begin to change. One aspect that many people overlook is how something simple like your smile can change so much as we age. Today we are going to be going over the different ways in which your smile can change, so sit back, relax and let’s learn some new things!
1. Baby Teeth
The first, and the biggest change that we will start with, is the loss of one’s deciduous (baby) teeth. Between six and twelve years is the time frame one is looking at to lose one’s baby teeth. This happens because as the mouth grows there is more room for more hardy and permanent teeth.
2. Teeth Alignment
The next thing we will go over is how your teeth are aligned. Straight teeth are a commodity in today’s modern world, something many of us strive for as they can impact not only your confidence but your overall health as well. As we age, our jaw grows, shifts and changes in different ways depending on our lifestyle and natural factors. As the jaw changes so do the teeth within it.
3. Gaps in the Teeth
Diastema, or gaps in the teeth, can appear over time depending on one’s jaw and even their eating and drinking habits.
4. Reversal of Orthodontic Work
Orthodontic work, which is traditionally used to straighten one’s teeth, can be reversed by aging without the use of a retainer. Much orthodontic work can be undone over time without proper upkeep.
5. Wear and Tear
Wear and tear can occur on any if not all, of your teeth as you age. There is really nothing you can do to prevent this, it is just a natural part of the dental cycle, but it is something that definitely happens. Proper dental care can help avoid issues related to this.
And there you have it! Five ways in which your smile can change over time. No matter who you are or what you do, without proper dental care as you age your teeth will suffer for it. Make an appointment today and get those pearly whites checked out!