If you’ve been informed you grind your teeth at night, you might be curious about whether orthodontic therapy can protect your teeth from this nightly attack. If your teeth or jaw are out of alignment, braces or Invisalign can help you minimize or stop your nighttime grinding. Although the problem is highly complicated and the arrangement of your teeth may only have a tiny influence on whether you are predisposed to grinding, straightening and aligning your teeth may be a great permanent technique for stopping teeth grinding.
What is grinding or bruxism?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is typically brought on by dental issues such as tooth misalignment, missing or damaged teeth, stress, or anxiety. Since it frequently occurs while people are asleep, many people are unaware that they do it.
Your teeth will erode over time if you grind them. The only options for restoring teeth when they have been reduced to stumps are root canals, implants, crowns, bridges, partial dentures, or complete dentures. Your jaw may also be harmed in addition to your teeth. There are several ways to quit grinding your teeth.
Many people grind their teeth and clench their teeth because of the way their jaw and teeth fit together. These structures often referred to as your dental occlusion or bite, cause our teeth to sit together abnormally and push them out of position. Because they prevent appropriate jaw function and formation, crooked teeth frequently impair our bite, and occasionally our innate tendency to overbite or underbite contributes to this grinding. Even while you are at rest or asleep, an unnatural position of your jaw can create pain in your muscles and extra wear and strain on your teeth. Stress is also known to play a factor in bruxism.
Your teeth will be prodded into their right places by braces, allowing biting forces to be distributed correctly. Long-term bruxism relief or reduction may result from this. The best course of action is to talk to your orthodontist, who can address the problem quickly and take action to prevent additional harm.
Treating Teeth Grinding
- Metal braces or Invisalign
- Teeth injury can also be avoided by using a mouthguard
- Exercise, meditation, or counseling are all effective ways to reduce stress
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and chewing gum is a good idea, as is making sure you get enough sleep
Whether you grind your teeth or not, we encourage you to arrange a consultation with Wise Dental to find out if you qualify for Invisalign or Braces. We will examine your teeth to see if the procedure will ultimately result in your brightest smile.