Teeth grinding can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. A study in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that teeth grinding is also associated with alcohol and tobacco use.
Clenching and grinding of teeth during the night can result in fractured/broken teeth, jaw pain, joint degeneration, headaches, muscle tension, tooth sensitivity and broken restoration.
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. In some cases, your dentist or physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and exercise can all help reduce stress and anxiety.
The symptoms of teeth grinding include:
Teeth that are painful or loose
Changes in your bite alignment
The planning process for veneers involves taking highly precise impressions of your teeth so that the veneers fit perfectly. This is another reason why they feel remarkably comfortable and why you won’t have to adjust to eating or speaking while you have them.
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