Am I a Candidate for Invisalign if I Grind My Teeth at Night?
Nighttime tooth grinding is a common problem. Known medically as “bruxism,” it is more common in those that have unresolved stress when they go to sleep, but may affect almost anyone for what may appear to be no reason at all.
Tooth grinding can be problematic from a dental perspective. Many people that grind their teeth end up experiencing headaches, tooth damage, and possibly the development of TMJ. Yet it is also manageable, and many of those that struggle with tooth grinding are able to control the condition with nighttime mouth guards.
Invisalign and Tooth Grinding
For those that are considering Invisalign, however, the combination of tooth grinding and Invisalign can cause challenges. The material used to create the Invisalign aligners is very strong – a powerful plastic able to move your teeth to the correct position.
But your jaw is also powerful. When you grind your teeth, you’re putting considerable pressure on the aligners. That pressure can damage the aligners, and if that damage is too severe it may no longer be able to move your teeth into the right position.
Similarly, tooth grinding/bruxism can cause their own unique complications. When left untreated, these conditions may lead to:
- Tooth Wear – Flattening of the teeth.
- Tooth Fractures – Breaking teeth, especially if the teeth are weakened.
- Dental Pain – Sensitivity to cold, heat, and chewing.
- Joint Inflammation – Including the risk of developing or irritating TMJ.
- Headaches – Both tension headaches and migraines.
Yet if you’re using Invisalign aligners to straighten your teeth, you won’t be able to wear your mouth guard at night. This means you’ll be at greater risk for complications.
What to Do if You Want Invisalign with Bruxism
If you have tooth clenching or tooth grinding issues and you are certain you would like Invisalign treatments in Orange County, the first thing you should do is see if you can reduce your stress and tension and find out if that helps your bruxism go away on its own. For some, basic mental healthcare may be enough.
But one of the main reasons to work with a trained orthodontist for your smile is because we can also provide alternative treatments that may be right for your needs. Our goal will be to see which tooth straightening treatment makes the most sense for your mouth. In many cases that will be Invisalign, but in some cases it may be something different.
If you are interested in Orange County Invisalign and would like to learn more about whether or not Invisalign is right for you, the best thing you can do is call us today at 949-770-8011. Based in Mission Viejo, Dr. Rashidi will analyze your mouth and make sure that Invisalign is the best treatment for you.