Tech Tip: How to work with teeth-grinding


My patient habitually grinds their teeth. Can I still treat them with ClearCorrect?


Habitual tooth-grinding can make clear aligner therapy difficult -- unless you are willing to work around it. The main problem with this issue is that the constant grinding of the teeth wears down the aligners to the point that the material loses its retentiveness. Therefore, the patient may wear the aligner out before it has a chance to move the teeth adequately during that step of treatment.

However, if you are willing to be flexible and manage the patient's treatment more closely, you can work around the grinding. Because we give you models of each step of treatment, you can easily create as many replacements for each aligner as is needed. (We carry Zendura aligner plastic for replacements in our Online Store.)

We suggest that you determine how long it takes your patient to wear down one set of aligners, then adjust their aligner wear schedule accordingly. Then, craft replacement aligners of each step in order to actively progress through treatment. For example, if your patient grinds down an aligner in two weeks, have your patient switch out the original aligner with a replacement after one-and-a-half weeks. With that replacement, they will be able to complete that step with a fresh, retentive aligner and start the next step on track with treatment.

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