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Are Invisalign and Bruxism a Bad Mix?

March 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentistrybydesignteam @ 11:40 pm

Clear aligner on dental moldThe alignment of your teeth is important for more than just a beautiful smile. Their positions also affect your oral health and functions. Alignment issues can affect your bite, which can trigger a subconscious habit of grinding or clenching your teeth from uneven pressure distribution. You have more options than ever to fix bite and alignment issues, like clear aligners. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners are worn over your teeth to move them into their best positions. Don’t worry if you have bruxism, you may still be a candidate for Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the preferred orthodontic system for teens and adults because it’s nearly invisible. Brackets and wires are not used to pull your teeth into position. Instead, your dentist fabricates a series of aligners that are worn over your teeth to move them in small increments. 

Each aligner applies continual pressure to gradually move your teeth. You must commit to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll be instructed to switch to the next aligner in your series every 1-2 weeks. Although every situation differs, most patients are finished with their series in about 12 months.

How Can Invisalign Help Bruxism?

Bruxism can be caused by many factors, like stress, a TMJ disorder, or a poor bite. Invisalign can create harmony between the upper and lower arches to take the stress off your temporomandibular joints to treat grinding and clenching once and for all.

Invisalign aligners are made from durable plastic that can withstand the pressure of grinding your teeth. Eventually, the friction can wear down your aligners, but it shouldn’t be an issue since you’ll switch to a new set every couple of weeks. If an aligner is damaged, your dentist can provide you with a replacement to avoid adding unnecessary delays to your treatment plan. 

Benefit From the Clear Choice

1 in 4 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, thanks to less noticeable treatments, like Invisalign. Clear aligners provide exceptional benefits not possible using metal braces, including:

  • Nearly invisible for discreet, sophisticated treatment.
  • No irritation from brackets or wires.
  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Comfortable, convenient solution.
  • Less time in the dentist’s chair because you don’t need adjustments.
  • Easy maintenance and care.
  • Quick, lasting results. 

You can protect your teeth from the friction of grinding and clenching while achieving a straight, healthy smile. If bruxism is still a problem after finishing Invisalign, ask your dentist for a nightguard. It will create a cushion between your top and bottom teeth to preserve your natural smile and safeguard your investment.

About Dr. Luke Lumpkin

Dr. Lumpkin earned his dental degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in advanced services, like Invisalign. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (918) 205-7083.

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