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Consequences of teeth grinding

Consequences of Teeth Grinding and Misalignment

It’s not always easy to spot misaligned teeth in a person, but eventually, signs such as worn down teeth develop that indicate a problem. Nighttime teeth grinding with a misaligned bite is a common cause of worn down teeth, because the jaw tries to adjust during sleep to alleviate strain on the jaw joints. When the jaw shifts while a person sleeps, their teeth close and can grind together, wearing down tooth surfaces.

Consequences of teeth grinding

The action of teeth grinding back and forth can wear down tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity and decay. Teeth clenching and grinding can also result in sore jaw joints, headaches, migraines, ear ringing, dizziness and an inability to open the mouth fully. When the teeth are out of alignment, they’re more prone to breaks, chips and cracks that can require expensive treatments to repair. A break in the tooth below the gum line often requires extraction of the tooth and the patient needing tooth replacement via a dental implant or bridge.

Recognizing symptoms of teeth grinding with misalignment

Teeth with smooth tops instead of the natural contours are an indication of wear from grinding and misalignment. A dentist can check the bite alignment during an exam and check for indications of abnormal wear. After diagnosing the problem, the dentist and patient can work out a treatment plan to repair any existing damage and prevent further damage. To correct misalignment, the dentist can reshape certain teeth or apply crowns. For more severe misalignments, orthodontia may be required to restore normal alignment. Invisalign is an option for realignment for some patients while others may require the brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Importance of treatment

Whenever there are signs of wear on teeth, this indicates a problem with misaligned teeth and possible nighttime teeth grinding. Without treatment, the problem will grow worse and can lead to harder to repair damage and the possibility of tooth loss. Early treatment is the best option for addressing teeth that are out of alignment. A nighttime mouth guard or bite guard can prevent teeth grinding causing wear and damage and correcting the bite protects against future issues.

If you’re experiencing headaches, jaw pain, dizziness or an inability to open your mouth properly, contact Creative Dental promptly to schedule an appointment and diagnose the problem. With the right treatment, you can be living pain-free and smiling happily in no time.

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Invisalign Versus Braces

Invisalign Versus Braces

An increasing number of adults are opting for orthodontia to improve their smiles these days. With new advances in braces and alignment treatments and improvements on old standards, it’s a great time to look into correcting any issues that might make people self-conscious of their smile.

In this busy modern world, adults seek to minimize the time they have to wear braces while also minimizing the appearance of the orthodontia. Some patients benefit from a combination approach that uses a more intensive form of braces first to correct misalignment and bite problems before switching to something like Invisalign for the final, minor adjustments.

Traditional metal braces

These are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces” because they’ve been around for decades. Teeth and bite issues receive correction using metal brackets with the archwire attached to each bracket via wire ligature or elastic bands. This type of orthodontia requires a substantial amount of time to work and frequent orthodontist visits. Using sliding brackets can help shorten the treatment period.

Ceramic braces

An advantage of ceramic braces over metal is that they’re tooth colored and less obvious. They do however take longer than metal braces, have issues with rubber band staining, and require additional visits to the orthodontists for adjustments. Latest advances in ceramic braces are self-ligating brackets, which means the archwires slide in the brackets as teeth move, causing less friction. The drawback of this advancement is that the bracket gates are made of metal and more visible than previous styles.

Self-ligating metal braces

Without the need for elastic or metal bands to hold the archwire in the braces, self-ligating metal braces are growing in popularity. These braces have reduced-friction because the brackets slide along the wire as teeth align. Self-ligating braces require less time than other styles of traditional braces, but the stainless steel brackets, though small, are still visible.

Lingual braces

With brackets that adhere to the inside of the teeth instead of the outside, lingual braces are practically invisible. Lingual braces work for correcting overbite and are now available in a self-ligating, reduced-friction option. Disadvantages of lingual braces include tongue irritation and possible speech issues.

Invisalign

Since its introduction in 1999, Invisalign has been one of the most popular choices for straightening teeth that don’t need bite correction. Using a series of plastic trays designed specifically for the patient, Invisalign gradually straightens teeth comfortably and nearly invisibly. Patients can eat normally, and while the trays require wearing a majority of the time, they can remove them periodically for a short time. Along with their nearly hidden appearance, additional advantages of Invisalign include less frequent orthodontist visits and oftentimes even faster results than other types of braces.

Having a confident smile is a sign of friendliness, success, and health, so there’s every reason to explore the various orthodontia options available today by discussing them with your dentist.

If you’re looking for a dentist in New Jersey for Invisalign, get in touch with us.

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