Teeth Grinding

There is more to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile than just the day-to-day routine of keeping your teeth clean by brushing or flossing (although, of course, these habits are very important!) Periodic checkups by your dentist are an important part of maintaining your oral health, too. Have you thought about the wear and tear your teeth go through in a lifetime?


Stress, erosion caused by acidic foods, and grinding or clenching the teeth can wear down your teeth’s enamel. Even seemingly harmless behaviors, like chewing on your pen cap, can cause problems over time. Of course, it often takes a long time for these habits to result in noticeable problems, but that doesn’t mean they’re great for your health.

An interesting fact about teeth grinding is that most people do not realize they do it! So how can you tell if you’ve developed this habit? You and your dentist can look for some of the first signs of eroding enamel, like increased tooth sensitivity (because you’ve worn away at your teeth’s protective covering.) You also might find that your jaw frequently feels tired and/or sore. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, so if it’s possible for someone to observe you during a long snooze, ask that person to pay attention to what you’re doing with your mouth and jaw—both motions and noises.

Bruxism isn’t like getting the chicken pox—there’s no one clear, specific reason people begin doing it. Fortunately, many of the possible causes are very treatable. If it’s due to stress or frustration, for example, you might find that exercising more, venting your feelings to a good friend, cutting your coffee intake in half, or listening to relaxing music before bedtime helps to ameliorate the issue. Likewise, if you’re prone to grinding your teeth because they’re misaligned, you and your orthodontist can correct your malocclusion with either Incognito or standard braces. The advantage of Incognito Bracesvs. standard braces, is that they are customized to fit your unique teeth and bonded to the backs of them. They work very efficiently to give you a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile, and they won’t be visible to anyone else.

Grinding and clenching aren’t just bad for your teeth, tongue, and jaw—these habits make life less enjoyable, especially if you’re experiencing headaches, ear aches, or jaw pain. There’s no reason to suffer in silence, so speak to a good dentist today. If straightening your teeth is the answer, you can meet with an expert orthodontist who will help you to lessen your symptoms and improve the look of your teeth at the same time. Now there are two great reasons to smile!

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