In today’s stressful world, nighttime teeth grinding (bruxing) is becoming more common, causing:
- Broken teeth
- Shortening of the front teeth caused by excessive wear
- Soreness in the jaw and facial muscles
Many patients are unaware of nighttime teeth grinding until] they are presented with some of the causes above. An orthodontic bite splint can help reduce or eliminate nighttime teeth grinding and significantly reduce the symptoms and dental damage. There are several different designs of bite splints but most commonly used is a simple plastic piece that fits into the roof of the mouth.
How the orthodontic splint works
The bite splint is inserted when you go to bed at night and removed in the morning. The contact of your lower front teeth against the orthodontic splint stops the grinding process in most patients. The few patients that continue to grind will not experience wear or breakage of teeth.
After the bite splint is placed, a one month follow up appointment is made to determine if any adjustments need to be made. Once adjustments are made, there will be a one year follow up appointment to assess the splints performance. After one year, annual check in’s are up to the patient.
To schedule an appointment or find out more about Haas Orthodontic Arts and our bite splint applications and cost, choose from one of our four Haas Orthodontic Arts location in Cuyahoga Falls, Akron/Canton, and Stow.