After recently interacting with women who have had babies, many mentioned that their lower teeth shifted. That raises the question; “Can pregnancy cause teeth to shift?” What if there’s a solution to keep teeth from shifting after having a child, and to keep that smile you can be confident about.
Changes in a Woman’s Body
During pregnancy, many hormones are elevated in a woman’s body. One of them, growth hormone, works to grow a baby. Theories suggest these hormones may cause the lower jaw to grow a little. As the lower front teeth normally fit behind the upper front teeth, this growth may push back on the lowers. Potentially, it may be enough to make them crooked. Additionally, studies have suggested that many of these hormone changes may temporarily loosen the ligament that holds the teeth to the jaws. This can make it easier for teeth to move or shift and become crooked.
Will teeth shift during pregnancy?
Simply put, we may never know what exactly happens to teeth during pregnancy. There has not been a direct link between pregnancy and crowded teeth. Due to obvious ethical limitations, research is not usually done on pregnant women. Therefore, there is limited evidence on this topic.
Management of Teeth Constantly Shifting
What we do know is that teeth shift over time; as part of the ageing process of the gum and jaw bones and potentially during pregnancy due to the changes that occur. Since we can’t accurately predict if and when teeth will become crooked, our best bet is to wear a retainer for as long as we want to prevent these natural tendencies from happening. Retainers can be bonded to the teeth, or worn as removable appliances. Having one bonded to the teeth or a removable one worn daily is a safe bet!
- HORMONES can affect the gums, teeth and jawbones
- We may never be able to KNOW if teeth will shift
- Because tooth movement is unpredictable, RETAINERS are our best bet!
- Speak to your dentist or orthodontist today to find the best treatment option for your specific teeth.
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