Question: What causes teeth to get shorter over time?
Answer: People don’t often notice the subtle wearing down of their tooth structure, which over time can amount to a huge change in the appearance of their smile. Just like you may not notice the sole of your shoe wearing down until you see the hole, your bite can collapse in much the same way.Severe wearing down the the tooth’s outer layer (enamel) is often the result from grinding or bruxing of the teeth. Acidic conditions ( such as acid reflux, bulimia, etc.) can also act to weaken the tooth structure accelerating this wear, Severe wear may become evident on the front teeth, the back teeth or on both,depending on the way one grinds. Excessive wear in the back of the mouth translates to even more wear in the front as the bite collapses. When the front teeth are affected, the teeth start to get more translucent at the top edges, and start to chip away. As these front teeth continue to become shorter,the face begins to take on a much older appearance.
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