While we sleep, the stresses of daily life can seep into our rest. When this happens, your body can react as it does when it is awake, by clenching or grinding your teeth, which is known as sleep Bruxism. These overnight situations can cause headaches and other problems with your teeth like cracks or wearing down on the enamel. We combat these negative effects by providing a night guard.
What is a Night Guard?
Made from soft or hard plastic, these retainers cover your biting surfaces to keep you from grinding or clenching your jaw. Using this custom, molded guard can prevent further damage to your mouth, teeth and overall health. The guard works to help lighten the stress you have on your mouth when you clench your jaw and give a slight cushion to protect the surface of the teeth.
Signs You Might Benefit from a Night Guard
- Feeling like your teeth are looser than the day before
- Noticing damage to your teeth that may include discomfort
- Having a sore jaw
- Chipping of teeth
- Waking up with a headache or pain
The best fitting night guard is a custom night guard made in a lab from your dentist. These night guards are the most accurate fitting and could have the biggest impact. Talk to your dentist for more information on what will be best for you.