Good news! Invisalign aligners may actually be able to help with the causes and symptoms of teeth grinding. Here's a little about how the clear aligners can help protect your teeth, and what to do if your teeth grinding persists.
It's likely that most people grind or clench their teeth from time to time. Often this happens during sleep or times of stress.
Bruxism, or occasional teeth grinding, does not usually cause harm, but if you grind your teeth regularly they can become worn, chipped, or cracked.
Frequently grinding your teeth may make you more vulnerable to the common jaw disorder known as TMD.
Teeth Grinding & Invisalign
So, is Invisalign a good orthodontic treatment option if you grind your teeth? Absolutely!
Invisalign clear aligners actually create a cushion between your teeth, much like a night or bite guard would.
Wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day (including during sleep), helps to protect your teeth from the affects of grinding.
Addressing The Root Cause
In some cases, your Invisalign treatment may even help to address the underlying causes of your teeth grinding.
For example, while Invisalign is adjusting your bite, it can also help deprogram the mouth and jaw muscles used to grind your teeth.
Adding a Night Guard to Your Treatment Plan
Patients generally find that Invisalign helps prevent teeth grinding, but some patients do continue to grind their teeth during their treatment.
Persistent grinding can cause premature wear on the aligners, but this can be easily addressed.
To give your teeth and aligners and extra layer of protection your dentist may recommend that you're fitted for a night or bite guard.