If you grind your teeth, your Invisalign aligners may be able to help. Here's a little about how your clear aligners can help to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding.
Chances are that most of us grind and clench their teeth from time to time, while we're asleep.
Grinding your teeth occasionally isn't likely to cause any harm, however, if you grind your teeth regularly they could become worn, chipped, or cracked.
In fact, frequently grinding your teeth may make you more vulnerable to the common jaw disorder TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Teeth Grinding & Invisalign
What if you grind your teeth but are considering Invisalign to straighten your smile?
We have good news for you! Much like a night or bite guard, Invisalign clear aligners create a thin cushion between your teeth.
Since you're required to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day, you will be wearing your aligners when you go to sleep. That means your teeth will be protect when teeth grinding occurs.
Addressing The Root Cause
Your Invisalign treatment may also help address the underlying causes of your teeth grinding depending on your reasons for choosing the clear aligners.
While Invisalign is adjusting your bite, for example, it can also help deprogram the mouth and jaw muscles used when teeth grinding.
Adding a Night Guard to Your Treatment Plan
Often our patients find that Invisalign helps prevent teeth grinding, nonetheless, others do continue to grind their teeth throughout their Invisalign treatment.
Premature wear on the aligners can be caused by persistent grinding, but this can easily be addressed.
If you continue to grind your teeth at night speak to your dentist about being fitted for a night or bite guard to help give your aligners and your teeth an extra layer of protection.