How Orthodontics Can Improve Your Sleep

Teeth straightening with braces can do more than improve the appearance of your smile. It can also boost the quality of your sleep. Your health depends on your ability to get restful sleep through the night. Those suffering from sleep deprivation experience reduced coordination, concentration, learning ability, and poor mood and memory. Over time, a regular lack of sleep can put you at risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and other severe health issues. Many different factors can contribute to nightly tossing and turning, but orthodontic problems can be a leading one.

Our orthodontist in Gainesville with Studio32 Orthodontics discusses how treatment with braces, Invisalign®, and other types of braces and orthodontic appliances can help prevent sleepless nights and improve your overall quality of sleep. Contact us today to learn more about our available treatments and to schedule a consultation for orthodontic treatment.

Reduce Mouth Breathing

Teeth and jaw problems interrupt sleep by causing breathing difficulties or pain, and they may even contribute to more significant oral health issues. For example, breathing through your mouth instead of your nose while you sleep can cause several dental problems and create disturbances to your natural, nightly sleep cycle. In addition, those who mouth breathe have a higher risk of developing cavities, inflamed gums, and chronic bad breath.

In terms of sleep quality, mouth breathing can prevent you from getting enough oxygen throughout the night. Misaligned jaw bones or mispositioned teeth can make it difficult for the mouth to properly close and stay closed during sleep, leading to mouth breathing. Orthodontic treatment can help correct mouth breathing by properly aligning teeth and jaws to facilitate easier breathing through the nose instead of the mouth.

Correct Bite Problems

Individuals with an irregular bite may be especially prone to snoring and developing sleep apnea, a serious disorder that halts breathing periodically during sleep and likewise interrupts your nighttime rest. Bite issues, including overbites, underbites, and crossbites, can all contribute to poor sleep quality. Additionally, bite issues can likewise lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which causes jaw pain, joint pain, headaches, locked jaw, and difficulty chewing, among other issues. The TMJ is the joint that enables you to open and close your mouth, and it connects the jaw to the skull. Whether treating TMJ or preventing the condition by correcting bite issues, orthodontic treatment can help ensure you can complete your natural sleep cycle for a better-rested, happier, and healthier you.

Clear Airway Blockages

Airway blockages are another serious problem affecting sleep. For example, if your jaw is misaligned, then the tissues of your upper or lower mouth can obstruct your airways and proper airflow. This may lead to a decrease in the level of oxygen your body requires to sleep, and, as a result, you may sleep fitfully and wake up feeling like you have barely slept at all.

To correct this issue, our orthodontic specialists can align and correct the positions of your jaws to relieve stress on your jaws, teeth, and gum tissue. Fixing jaw and bite problems can help keep your airway clear and allow you to breathe through your nose properly, reducing symptoms such as snoring and helping you wake up feeling energized.

Fix Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a significant contributor to poor sleep quality. Many patients with bruxism don't even realize they grind their teeth, but some telltale signs include waking up with a headache, sore jaw, and even bruising. Feeling fatigued throughout the day is another common symptom of bruxism. Grinding your teeth exerts sustained force over time on your teeth, wearing down the enamel and leading to tooth cracks, fractures, and eventually decay. It can also alter the surface area of your teeth and misalign your bite, which in turn negatively affects your jaw. Studio32 Orthodontics can help put a stop to your bruxism with orthodontic treatment designed for your oral health needs.