When people think about getting braces, they normally think about the improvements to their smile, and not so much about their sleep quality. But you may be surprised to know that orthodontic treatment can cause major improvements to how you rest.
Better position of the lower jaw
When we sleep the muscles in our face, neck, and jaw all relax. If you like to sleep on your back this typically means that your jaw will slide backwards, which in turn causes the space in your throat to become smaller.
When this happens the movement of air can cause your throat tissue to vibrate which is what causes snoring.
If you naturally have issues with your bite (like an under bite) then you may be especially likely to suffer from snoring or even sleep apnoea.
Improved nose breathing
If you have a narrow upper jaw this is also often a contributing factor for snoring. Your orthodontic treatment may therefore involve the use of an expander appliance.
If you like to sleep on your back this typically means that your jaw will slide backwards, which in turn causes the space in your throat to become smaller.
Over time the widening of your upper jaw will in turn allow for better air-flow through your sinuses and reduce the likelihood of snoring too.
Everything in life is better when you (and your partner) are getting a full night’s sleep. So if you’re in the middle of treatment, you’re not only making an investment in your smile, but also your quality of life through better rest patterns.