As we age, our teeth can become more crowded towards the front of the mouth. The technical name for the phenomenon is “physiologic mesial drift,” meaning that teeth drift towards the mesial or midline of the tooth arch.
This crowding can make it difficult to keep the teeth clean and the gums healthy. Flossing gets more difficult and sometimes food traps form that trap bacteria, leading to decay and gum problems. Misaligned teeth can also lead to teeth erosion and damage to the supporting tissue and bone.
Even if you had braces at some point or perfectly straight teeth in your youth, you could still experience mesial drift as an adult. Everyone has some tendency toward crowding but it varies from person to person as to its severity.
Treatment for crowding runs the gamut from adult orthodontic treatment (braces) and wearing retainers after treatment to not doing anything if the condition isn’t causing any problems.
Talk to Dr. Angell or our hygienists if you notice that food is getting stuck in new places in your mouth, or that your teeth are overlapping more. We’ll help you determine whether or not mesial drift is an issue for you.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.