Teeth grinding and transparent dental splints – is that possible?
Some people grind their teeth at night – without even noticing. This can be dangerous in many cases. Teeth grinding can have serious disadvantages, not only for the teeth and jaws. It can also damage other bones and joints in the body. In fact, in addition to the neck joints, these include the spine, consequently also the hips and even the feet.
This is mainly due to the fact that teeth grinding exerts immense pressure on the jaws. The jaw muscles are also directly connected to the neck and back muscles. This in turn is connected to the spine. As a result, the whole body can suffer from teeth grinding.
But especially for the teeth, the pressure that is exerted on them when grinding is usually fatal. They can break off, wear out or become unstable. The upper and lower jaws can bend into serious misalignments. If this is the case, it is most likely that neck tensions will occur. These can also cause dizzy spells, severe headaches, tinnitus and even impaired vision.
There can be several reasons for the nightly, unconscious grinding of the teeth. These include sleep disorders, usually associated with psychological stress. However, malpositioned teeth can also be a cause.
Which treatment options are available?
To answer this question, you must first distinguish between two different factors. On the one hand, you can approach the problem by treating the causes of teeth grinding. The transparent aligner splints can be especially helpful in the case of misaligned teeth. They ensure that the teeth in your dentition gradually return to their original position over the course of several weeks.
On the other hand, you can also treat the symptoms: Bruxism splints prevent teeth grinding at night. However, the question now is which treatment option is recommended.
If you are under psychological, mental or other stress, a psychotherapeutic treatment is always recommended. Fortunately, these have a high reputation and a promising success rate nowadays, not only scientifically but also socially.
Can you treat teeth grinding with transparent splints?
Actually, it is possible to treat nocturnal bruxism with aligner splints. This is because, just like the bruxism splints, they are exactly adapted to the patient's dentition. However, there are a few important factors to consider. In order to understand this, you should find out what the aligner splints are used for: In the case of misalignments in the upper and lower jaw, the teeth of one jaw no longer fit perfectly with the teeth of the opposite jaw when biting. Not only is this dangerous for the stability and longevity of the teeth, but over time it can also lead to severe toothache and jaw pain.
The aligner dental splints are made according to a three-dimensional image of your dentition. There is a whole range of different splints. Each one is worn for about two weeks before the next splint ensures that the teeth move a few millimetres further into their correct position. The length of the treatment time is due to the fact that such a process can only take place slowly and gradually without damaging the teeth and jaws – not to mention the potential tooth and jaw pain.
Now, however, the bruxism splints are also made according to a 3D image of your teeth. The difference is here: They simply ensure that your teeth are not damaged when you grind your teeth at night. However, they do not correct misalignments. Additionally, you should wear the transparent aligner splints during the day.
What do you need to be aware of when you treat bruxism with aligner splints?
The most important thing is that you are in regular contact with your orthodontist and dentist. They can determine whether the splints are stable during their examinations. After all, they are exposed to high pressure when grinding.
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