Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can have many causes:
But, let's imagine that you just started your Invisalign treatment and are now worried that your teeth-grinding habit may affect the aligners.
Is it a valid concern?
It's worth mentioning some of the most prominent teeth-grinding signs as some people are not even aware they are doing it. Knowing you are dealing with bruxism and talking with your dentist about it will make it easier to create a personalized orthodontic treatment plan.
So here are some signs that may indicate that you are grinding your teeth at night:
Some of the damage may be so small that it can be hard to detect. If you suspect you are grinding your teeth talk to your dentist about getting X-Rays to assess the damage.
Yes, you can still enjoy the benefits of Invisalign treatment even if you grind your teeth. In some cases, the Invisalign trays may even protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding.
But, if your bruxism is severe, you may alter the aligners' shape, affecting the efficiency of the treatment. If you know this to be the case, talk to your orthodontist to shorten the timeframe between getting new aligners. Usually, patients get a new set of aligners about every two weeks, but you can reduce this period to just one week to maintain the integrity of your aligners.
You can also make some lifestyle changes to ensure that your Invisalign treatment isn't disrupted by teeth grinding.
In some cases, Invisalign can actually help reduce teeth grinding by addressing the underlying issues causing bruxism. Misaligned teeth, an improper bite, or jaw issues can contribute to teeth grinding, and Invisalign treatment can help correct these problems. However, it's essential to discuss your concerns about teeth grinding with the North Billerica dentist at North Billerica Smiles before starting Invisalign treatment.
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