It’s common for people dealing with stress to grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. This unconscious assault on your teeth can lead to lower-quality sleep and waking up lingering jaw pain or headaches. Clenching and grinding will also cause serious damage in the long term, including wearing away the tooth enamel, creating chips or cracks, and even causing the teeth to get looser.
For someone with this condition, regular use of a night guard can make a big difference. A night guard is a removable, plastic device that is placed in at bedtime, generally on the upper teeth. Having this cushion that will allow you to protect your teeth, reduce lingering pain, and get much more restful sleep.
Relief from the Pressure
While the night guard cannot actually stop you from grinding or clenching, it provides a crucial layer of defense to prevent your teeth from being damaged. The pressure will be harmlessly absorbed by the plastic, rather than your teeth. This preventative measure will save you from needing more extensive dental work in the future.
Reduce Morning Aches
The night guard also helps relieve jaw pain and headaches, simply because it’s a much more flexible and forgiving surface than your teeth. The unconscious grinding or clenching will not be able to cause as much strain on those tense jaw muscles.
Custom-fitted for your Comfort
Your night guard is strictly for bedtime, but you’ll be glad to know that it won’t interfere with speaking or breathing. There will be an adjustment period, but the night guard is designed to fit your teeth comfortably. It won’t get in the way of sleeping and actually allows for much more restful sleep by relieving your discomfort.
If you suffer from this condition, contact us to make an appointment and our caring professionals will do everything possible to help. From evaluating your teeth for signs of damage to designing a customized night guard, Exquisite Smiles can offer solutions to protect your teeth.