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Snoring, Grinding and TMJ: How Your Sleep Can Be Affecting Your Smile

Last updated 7 years ago

A smile can bring joy, endearment, laughter, and warmth.  While appearance is important, it is only a small reason why it is important to keep your smile healthy and pretty. 

Did you know there are ways you could be damaging your teeth and smile without consciously realizing it? Snoring, grinding, and TMJ can all affect your smile in a negative way!

  • Snoring

Snoring occurs during sleep that obstructs the flow of air to the mouth and nose.    Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea.  There are many negative effects of sleep apnea and snoring, one of which is Bruxism.  If you snore on a regular basis, talk to your dentist for treatment suggestions and consultation.

  • Grinding

Bruxism (otherwise known as grinding) is when you consciously grind, clench, or gnash your teeth.  Symptoms of bruxism including the sounds of grinding, jaw ache, ear ache, headache, chewed tissue on the side of your cheek, tooth sensitivity, and worn tooth enamel.  If untreated, bruxism can lead to temporomandibular joint disorber (TMJ).  If you suspect you grind your teeth or you or someone else notices any of the symptoms, speak with your cosmetic dentist about remedies for this condition.

  • TMJ

TMJ can affect your bite and it can wear tooth enamel.  It can also misalign our teeth and give your smile a crooked look.  TMJ causes frequent headaches, earaches, tooth sensitivity, and difficulty opening and closing the jaw.  This is a very serious condition.  Consult your cosmetic dentist right away to see how to alleviate the problem.  If necessary, your cosmetic dentist can realign your teeth by using veneers, Invisalign, or other treatments. 

If you’re concerned that you may have one of these ailments, or any other type of dental problem, please come and visit us at the Smile Studio in NYC. 

Our highly trained and experienced dentists can help you get back on the right track with a beautiful smile. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.

(212) 688-3838


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