“Will teeth grinding affect my braces?” is a common question from soon-to-be brace-wearers and, but before we discuss that, let’s have a look at the causes of tooth grinding, and why braces might actually be the best plan of attack.
What is Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding also known as bruxism is usually caused by dental problems like misalignment, missing or broken teeth, or stress or anxiety. Many people are not aware they do it, as It often happens during sleep.
Teeth grinding causes your teeth to wear down over time. When teeth are ground down to stumps, the only way to fix teeth is to get root canals, implants, crowns, bridges, partial dentures, or complete dentures. Not only can teeth be affected, but your jaw can become injured. There are different solutions to stop teeth grinding.
Can braces help with teeth grinding?
Braces will nudge your teeth into their correct positions and allow biting forces to be distributed properly. This may relieve or reduce bruxism in the long term. It’s best to speak to your orthodontist, who can address the issue early and take measures to avoid further damage.
Treating teeth grinding
- Invisalign or Metal Braces
- A mouthguard can also be used to prevent damage to teeth.
- Work on reducing your stress in the forms of exercise, meditation, or counselling.
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, chewing gum and make sure you get enough rest
Schedule an Appointment with Pretoria Smile
Whether you grind your teeth or not, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Pretoria Smile to see if you’re a candidate for Braces it Invisalign treatment. We will evaluate your teeth and determine whether the treatment will yield your very best smile in the end.