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Bruxism is the act of grinding your teeth at night and many people suffer from this problem across the country. It is often a sign of stress and is a problem that people with braces really need to understand, as it can be a major oral health problem.
Understanding Bruxism And Its Connection With Stress
Bruxism is often caused by a variety of problems, including crooked teeth or sleep problems. However, it is also often caused by excessive stress and anxiety in your life. This stress is often unconsciously on your mind as you sleep, causing tension and a tight jaw. Stress and anxiety can also caused bad dreams and nightmares, which can further exacerbate your teeth grinding.
The worst part about teeth grinding while you sleep is that you're not likely to know you're doing it. It's a bit like snoring: unless somebody tells you about it, you don't know about it. If you are worried that you might be grinding your teeth (whether you are suffering from stress or wake up with a sore jaw), have a friend or loved one watch you while you sleep to watch for signs of teeth grinding.
The Impact On Your Braces
When you suffer from bruxism, you are putting your teeth and your braces through a terrible strain. The constant grinding can flatten the surface of your teeth and may impact your braces over time. It can potentially knock your braces out of alignment or even damage their surface. However, the metal structure of most braces is more likely to damage your teeth than vice versa.
Bruxism can also further worsen any teeth alignment issues you may have which can put a strain on your braces or make them less effective. Thankfully, it is possible to relieve your stress in a natural way and beat the damaging impact of bruxism on your braces.
If you don't suffer from sleep disorders and believe stress is causing braces-damaging bruxism, the following methods may help you relax your mind and get through the night without grinding your teeth:
Now that you understand this problem and the ways it can be treated, you need to start managing your stress right away. This can help you avoid damaging your braces and make them more effective for straightening your teeth.
For additional information, contact an orthodontist in your area.