Believe it or not, Invisalign aligners may actually be able to help with the causes and symptoms of teeth grinding. Our dentists share how the clear aligners can help protect your teeth, and what to do if your teeth grinding persists.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time, often during sleep.
Occasional teeth grinding (or bruxism) does not usually cause harm, but if you do grind your teeth regularly they can become, chipped, cracked or worn.
You may even be more vulnerable to the common jaw disorder, TMD.
Teeth Grinding & Invisalign
So what if you grind your teeth but are still considering Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment option?
Good news! Invisalign clear aligners actually create a cushion between your teeth, much like a night or bite guard would.
Because you should be wearing them for at least 20 hours a day (including during sleep), your teeth should be protected from the affects of grinding during this time.
Addressing The Root Cause
Depending on your reasons for choosing the clear aligners, your Invisalign treatment may also help 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
While patients generally find that Invisalign helps prevent teeth grinding, some patients do continue to grind during their treatment.
Persistent grinding can cause premature wear on the aligners, but this can be easily addressed.
Your dentist may recommend that you're fitted for a night or bite guard to give your teeth and aligners an extra layer of protection.