Over time, the friction of grinding your teeth together causes your enamel to wear down. In severe circumstances, one or more teeth may break or fracture due to extreme force.
It’s natural for your muscles to be overworked and in pain when your jaw is in constant motion (as is the case with clenching and grinding). Unchecked bruxism can lead to jaw tenderness and even lead to the development of TMJ disorder.
Your teeth are only supposed to withstand a certain amount of motion throughout the day. Excessive clenching or grinding will overburden your teeth and cause soreness in your smile.
It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when your muscles are working overtime due to non-stop teeth grinding. If you’re suffering sleepless nights and aren’t sure why, it might be the direct result of bruxism.