Bruxism

Definition

Bruxism is when a patient excessively grinds their teeth and clenches their jaw.

Symptoms that are commonly associated with bruxism include, hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headaches, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations and damage to teeth.

Additional symptoms that can occur are, dry mouth, halitosis, masseter muscle hypertrophy and square jaw/face.

Causes

Causes of bruxism are not completely understood, but probably involve multiple factors. Awake bruxism is thought to have different causes than sleep bruxism. 

Solutions

Patients with bruxism can be difficult or impossible to treat with clear aligners. 

As the clinician you should be on the alert for heavy occlusion and bruxism as these situations tend to impair tooth movement and produce excessive wear on the occlusal surface of the aligner.

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ClearCorrect is a medical device manufacturer and does not practice dentistry. The treating physician is solely responsible for prescribing and administering orthodontic treatment. Clear aligner therapy is unpredictable. ClearCorrect does not guarantee a successful treatment outcome. Individual results will vary.

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