Are you clenching or grinding your way through your sleep each night? Do your jaws feel sore in the morning, or does your family member complain of the noise that you’re making with your teeth? If so, then it’s time to find out how a night guard can help you get better rest and prevent damage to your smile.
Night guards help guide your jaws and teeth into a natural resting position, even when your muscles are saying otherwise. The sturdy acrylic keeps teeth from rubbing against one another and the jaw from being strained for hours on end. Why is this important? Because excess grinding can lead to TMJ disorders and even damage your teeth permanently.
Excessive wear caused by grinding and clenching can cause enamel chipping on your teeth, exposing the inner layers of your tooth structure. It can also cause otherwise healthy restorations like fillings or crowns to break apart, requiring you to have them replaced prematurely. The modest investment in a professionally made night guard can save you thousands in dental work in the years to come, and is one of the best pieces of “insurance” that you can get for your smile.
When your jaws are unable to lock up all night, you’ll have less muscle tension and fewer headaches the next day. You and your sleep partner will have better rest, because there isn’t any noise to tune out.
Over the counter guards are loosely fitted for a “one size fits all” approach. This allows them to come out easily, wear out quickly, and not very comfortable to wear. A custom night guard will fit securely to your teeth all night long.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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