April 4, 2023
Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. No longer do you have to avoid getting straighter teeth because you don’t want to wear the clunky metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. The clear aligners of Invisalign provide a discreet and convenient way to gradually move your pearly whites into their desired position. But since you must wear them for at least 20 hours a day, which will include why you sleep, can you still get the treatment if you grind your teeth at night? Here’s what to know about Invisalign and teeth grinding.
How Bruxism Impacts Your Smile
Bruxism (the formal name for teeth grinding) is a condition when people unconsciously grind or clean their teeth together. While it most commonly occurs in children, adolescents, and young adults, older adults can suffer from it too.
Teeth grinding impacts the condition of your teeth due to the fact it can exert up to 250 pounds of force if you grind at night. Although your tooth enamel is incredibly strong, it can still become damaged, especially when exposed to such force! While bruxism more commonly occurs during waking hours, it is much more damaging at night because you are unaware if you are grinding your teeth. As a matter of fact, if you suffer from sleep bruxism, it is possible to have as many as 100 episodes of clenching per night, lasting one second each time. That is continual pressure on your smile!
As a result of this continual force, people who suffer from sleep bruxism can often experience jaw and neck pain. Also, tension headaches in the morning are very common. Not only are your pearly whites impacted, but your overall well-being can take a hit, too.
So, Can I Get Invisalign If I’m Dealing with Bruxism?
While teeth grinding can affect your dental health, you can still align your smile with Invisalign! Not only are you still a candidate for the orthodontic treatment, but the clear aligners can even keep your teeth safe from the effects of your grinding. They will serve as a barrier against the force, protecting your smile from the damaging effects of bruxism.
While the clear aligners will not break due to your teeth grinding, there is a chance your bruxism will wear your aligners down faster. However, it is generally not a big deal! Since you normally are given a set of aligners to wear for two or so weeks, it is more than likely the teeth grinding won’t severely impact your aligners before it’s time to switch to your next set. If your aligners do happen to get damaged, your dentist can simply order a replacement set for you.
So, as you can see, a new straighter grin with Invisalign is still possible for you, even if you grind your teeth at night. The clear aligners will not only protect your teeth from the condition but give you the aligned pearly whites you’ve always wanted!
About the Author
Dr. Sweeta Walia and her team at Dental Impressions keep the smiles of Mesquite healthy and beautiful. She earned her dental doctorate at the Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine and is certified in orthodontics. As a Platinum Invisalign provider, she uses advanced dental technology and customized plans to help you achieve your smile goals with Invisalign. To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call (972) 288-3200.
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