Can braces help with teeth grinding?

Posted by on 18 July 2018 | Comments

Headaches are a nuisance, but when one comes from nowhere or first thing in the morning it’s even more of a problem. Where has this headache come from, and how can I make it go away? You’re not ill, dehydrated, or particularly partied-out, so what has caused this? There are plenty of random and mostly inconsequential aches and pains we experience, but your teeth could be causing a lot more of these than you realise. At the Orthodontic Studio in Rotherham, we’d like to share with you our knowledge of orthodontics and how your headaches and teeth grinding could be prevented by braces.


How does teeth grinding cause headaches?

When our upper and lower jaw don’t fit together properly, it causes all sorts of problems for our jaw joint and where it hinges onto the rest of the head. Your headache could be stemming more specifically from how your jaw is forcing your teeth together. Grinding and clenching your teeth involuntarily and even in your sleep has a knock-on effect to their stability, your jaw, and even your body. The tension created in the jaw travels up and down your body to cause pain, stiffness, and aches in muscles and joints you’d never expect. Your back, shoulders, and temples can be drastically affected by your teeth grinding and clenching.


Am I grinding my teeth?

There are a number of symptoms and signs to look out for if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth. Your jaw physically or audibly clicking, like it’s catching on a hinge, is a sign that you’re grinding and clenching too much. Building tension in your temples, seemingly spontaneous headaches especially in the morning, and muscle pain in your jaw and cheeks are all indicators of teeth grinding, too. Because your lower jaw hinges onto the rest of your head, grinding sends shockwaves through both of these parts of the body. Sensitive teeth, loose teeth, and receding gums also signify teeth grinding because you’re pulling and pushing your teeth against their foundations. Note if there’s any tenderness during brushing, biting, and flossing, because this could your teeth crying out for help!


This is the cause behind your teeth grinding

The way your jaw and teeth fit together is a common reason for grinding and clenching. Known as your dental occlusion, or bite, these formations cause our teeth to sit together irregularly and push them out of place. Crooked teeth commonly affect our bite because they inhibit proper jaw function and formation, and sometimes our biological predisposition of an over- or under- bite causes this grinding. Even at rest or asleep, your jaw sitting irregularly can cramp the muscles and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth, sowing the seeds for a headache.


Can braces help with my teeth grinding?

Straightening your teeth with braces and orthodontic solutions can positively impact how your teeth, and therefore your jaw, fit together. Dominant functions like biting, chewing, and event resting with straight teeth are far more natural and unproblematic than with crooked teeth. Adult brace systems straighten your teeth to improve your jaw position, crowding of teeth, and overall jaw performance, so you could drastically decrease your headaches and teeth grinding with their help. They have a wide range of other health benefits  too.


Stop your teeth grinding and headaches today with our expert brace systems in Rotherham. Enquire online or call 01709 382 047 to book your appointment today.