Can braces help with teeth grinding?

12th November 2021

Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is incredibly common – but that doesn’t mean it’s impact is any less severe. In the worst cases of teeth grinding, patients can suffer from:

So, whilst common – for many of our patients, teeth grinding can be a huge issue. But what can we offer that may help to relieve the symptoms?

Braces may be the unexpected solution you’re looking for. Read on to find out why.

What is teeth grinding?

Although most of us who grind our teeth do so at night during sleep, it can also occur when we’re awake. And it’s also worth noting here that it isn’t always a big issue. If you’re only grinding your teeth occasionally, you’re unlikely to suffer much from any of the above symptoms and probably won’t be seeking out any treatment.

But what is it exactly? Bruxism is a complex issue, and can occur for a range of reasons, including:

You can also grind your teeth even if you have none of these issues, and can often be associated with feeling stressed or anxious.

Teeth grinding is exactly how it sounds and can often be done without you even realising. A similar symptom associated with Bruxism is clenching your jaw for prolonged periods of time.

 

What can be done to stop teeth grinding?

In some cases, you may be able to tackle your Bruxism by yourself, but this depends on what the underlying cause is. If you’re grinding your teeth as a result of stress, you can take steps to reduce your stress, which may help you to grind your teeth less.

Other things that are known to trigger an increase in teeth grinding include drinking alcohol and caffeine, so these are also things you can reduce you see if it helps.

However, if the root cause of your Bruxism is to do with the arrangement of your teeth, you are unlikely to be able to correct the issue without orthodontic treatment.

Can braces help with teeth grinding?

It may be difficult to identify orthodontic problems yourself, which is why it’s important to stick to routine appointments with your dentist. They will be able to identify underlying issues that cause teeth grinding and can then refer you on to a specialist orthodontist in London.

In many cases, braces may be recommended as these can help with a range of underlying bite issues that can lead to teeth grinding. By better aligning your bite and straightening your teeth, often this can mean your urge to grind your teeth is much less.

It’s worth noting that once you first get braces fit, you may feel the urge to grind your teeth worsens – but this is just a temporary issue whilst you adjust to your new braces.

Once your teeth begin to shift into place, you should recognise that you’re grinding has become less, and should hopefully stop in time.

Worried about your teeth grinding?

We understand that for many, teeth grinding can pose a real issue and have numerous negative side-effects. That’s why here at Elite Orthodontists, we encourage anyone struggling with Bruxism to get in touch. We’re experienced int his area of orthodontics, and can help to identify the best course of action to suit your need.

To find out more, give our team a call today.