September 10, 2016

Stop grinding your teeth for good

Have you noticed your jaw popping or clicking? Or, maybe you wake up feeling tired even though you actually got in a full eight hours of sleep. Grinding your teeth can show up in a variety of ways, such as teeth sensitivity, sore muscles, day-time sleepiness, flattened teeth or pain — and that’s never a good thing.

If you grind your teeth you may not even know that you’ve been doing it! Leaving teeth grinding untreated really does a number on your smile, not to mention your overall health.

What you need is a real solution to stop grinding your teeth, not just a temporary fix.

Treat the Source, Not the Symptom

The old-school way to treat teeth grinding was to give people a mouth guard. Even though it may be effective for some, mouth guards can actually contribute to the problem — plus, they tend to be extremely uncomfortable (cue mouth guard being thrown across the room in the middle of the night).

That’s why it’s important to look at why you grind your teeth.

Granted, there are a few different reasons as to why you could be grinding, (like maybe your pup thinks your things are his things) but most likely the grinding is due to a misaligned bite and facial muscles/teeth that are not in the optimum position.

This misalignment and poor positioning can affect more than just the condition of your teeth — such as your posture, your overall health, and can even be a contributing factor in sleep apnea.

Stop Grinding Your Teeth for Good

First, you need to find out if you are grinding your teeth — come see us! Then, Dr. James D. Powell creates a custom plan to treat the source of your grinding. This custom plan typically includes non-invasive treatments that relax the facial muscles and adjusts the jaw into the optimum position. Once your jaw and muscles are where they’ll be happiest, it’s the time to get your teeth in the proper position. Dr. James D. Powell uses ClearCorrect™ for his patients here at Exceptional Dentistry in Palmdale, California.

ClearCorrect works by creating a series of clear plastic aligners based on impressions of your teeth. You’ll wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Every 4-6 weeks, you’ll swap out the current pair for a new one. This process moves your teeth into place, just like braces do. However, ClearCorrect does so without brackets and wires.

If you’re ready to throw out that mouth guard, get a better night’s sleep, and ultimately stop grinding your teeth then you need to call us today at 661.349.7725 and schedule a reservation.