Night guards help those suffering from chronic teeth-grinding during sleep, otherwise known as bruxism. Night guards issued by your dentist are often the highest quality you will find as well as the most superior fit as they are made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth carefully taken by one of our dental experts. This is normally a much more comfortable and reliable device than what you might find from an over-the-counter option. A night guard’s main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.
Think of a night guard like protective gear, but for your teeth. A night guard is a custom-made piece of plastic that you wear over your teeth while you sleep. It acts as a cushion between your upper and lower teeth.
Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw when they sleep, often without even realizing it. This is known as bruxism. Over time, this grinding and clenching can wear down your teeth, making them shorter and more sensitive. It can also cause headaches, jaw pain, and even issues with your jaw joint, known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
Here’s where a night guard comes in handy. By creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, the night guard helps to protect them from the pressure and friction caused by grinding and clenching. This can save your teeth from wear and tear, and can also make you more comfortable by reducing jaw pain and headaches.
So, just like you’d wear a helmet when biking to protect your head, you’d wear a night guard to protect your teeth and jaw from the harmful effects of grinding and clenching while you sleep. It’s an easy way to save yourself a lot of discomfort and potential dental problems down the line.