Grinding or clenching the teeth at night is a very common habit, which is known as bruxism. Because bruxism happens while you’re sleeping, you have no control over this particular habit, and it can be damaging. Over the course of years, grinding or clenching can wear down the teeth.
A night guard, also known as mouth guard, dental guard is a removable, custom fitted plastic dental appliance that fits over the top teeth. When grinding or clenching, much of the force will be transferred to the night guard instead of to the teeth.
Often, deep grooves will eventually form in the night guard from the force of the grinding. The night guard prevents this same force from causing damage to the teeth. Without a night guard, enamel can be worn down excessively, leading to tooth sensitivity. Teeth may also be chipped or cracked, requiring extensive restorative dental treatments to repair them.
Advantages of Night Guard
- Prevents Tooth Damage
- Reduces Jaw Tension And Pain
- Prevents Headaches
- Provides Healthy Sleep Patterns
- Prevents Snoring
If you notice that you're waking up with muscle pains around your neck, head or jaw, then you need to think about having a night guard custom made for you! Preventing the damage before it happens is the best way to save yourself from pain and money loss.