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Newton, NJ
A 40-year-old female asked:

clenched my teeth 3 times while stressed. did those few times cause my bottom front teeth to shift or does it take yrs of clenching for that to occur?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
It takes much longer: than 3 episodes of teeth clenching to make your teeth shift. I suppose it takes a good number of months before this starts to occur.
Dr. Jerry Brown
Prosthodontics 53 years experience
Clenching!: Repeated months of clenching and gritting (bruxing) your teeth will cause shifting and a wearing of the occlusal services of the dentition. Future dental care may involve teeth adjustment (equilibration) of the dentition or the need for an occlusal guard. Try to understand cause of stress and therefore lessen need to clench teeth.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Shifting teeth: Shifting may be a response to years of clenching/grinding (3 isolated instances won't do it). May be due to malocclusion. May be early indicator of bone loss. Ask your Dentist to have a look. Protective occlusal guard may be indicated. Gum/bone treatment may be required. Orthodontic treatment of malocclusion may be indicated. Follow your Dentist's advice.

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Northampton, PA
A female asked:

Do teeth shift with age? My 2 bottom front teeth are now a bit crooked. Clenched teeth a few times when stressed. Did those handful of times cause it?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kasra Tajik
Dentistry 7 years experience
Yes teeth shit w/age: Teeth like to drift towards the center of the face all through out life. It varies in different people but generally happens to all. Clenching or bruxing does not necessarily contribute to it, especially if its been only a handful of time. Yo can get a retainer from your dentist which will help hold your teeth in position.

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