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Chronic teeth grinding and clenching, called bruxism, is often attributed to stress, anger, frustration, and anxiety. It can also be associated with a variety of other factors, like taking certain medications, smoking, and consuming caffeine and alcohol. Patients who have parents, siblings, or other blood-related family members who grind their teeth are also more likely to be grinders themselves. Medical professionals don’t completely understand what causes bruxism so it can be difficult for patients to pinpoint the exact cause of their teeth grinding.
Treatments for Bruxism
If your bruxism is stress-related, finding ways to lower stress and anxiety can prove helpful for treating your bruxism. Likewise, patients may find their symptoms reduced after they quit smoking or cut back on caffeine and alcohol. For teeth grinders, wearing a custom nightguard is a simple preventive measure that protects your teeth from damaging each other and reduces the occurrence of teeth sensitivity, broken teeth, headaches, and jaw pain.
If your teeth are misaligned, we recommend scheduling an orthodontic consultation to determine if you would benefit from Invisalign clear aligner therapy. A misaligned bite increases your risk of developing dental disease, TMJ dysfunction, jaw spasms, and bruxism. Invisalign aligners are clear trays worn over the teeth at least 20-22 hours a day. If you grind your teeth, these trays act similarly to a nightguard. So not only are they protecting your teeth from damage, but they can help reduce the future occurrence of grinding by fixing the alignment of your teeth and bite.
Will Invisalign Protect My Smile If I Grind My Teeth?
Because Invisalign aligners fit comfortably over the teeth throughout your treatment, they will also protect your teeth while you sleep. Plus, Invisalign aligners are switched out every two weeks so you won’t need to worry about damaging them by grinding even if your past nightguards have quickly worn out.
Are you ready to schedule your Invisalign consultation? We’d be delighted to straighten your smile and help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and dental disease. Please contact your nearest CarolinasDentist location today to schedule a visit.