While we’re sleeping, we’re pretty much completely unaware of what’s going on inside our bodies. Unfortunately, this can leave us open to damaging attacks (by ourselves, no less). Our teeth can become nightly victims to grinding and clenching. If our jaw muscles are chronically active, nightly bruxing may even lead to a temporomandibular joint disorder. Avoid pain, dental problems, and complicated treatment by taking the simple route: get a night guard. This little piece of plastic will protect you and keep your smile beautiful.
Reasons to Get a Night Guard ASAP
- Protect your teeth from grinding. You may be shaking your head and thinking, “Why would I need a guard? I’m definitely not grinding my teeth.” Problem is, you’re more likely to be grinding than not. The majority of adults grind their teeth at one point or another, and some do it on a regular basis. This leads to enamel wear, gum recession, and increased sensitivity. Down the line, this means a prematurely aged-looking smile, broken dental work, and cracked or chipped teeth. A night guard puts a barrier between your upper and lower jaws to protect tooth surfaces and maintain your smile.
- Prevent a TMJ disorder – Your TMJ is, sadly, a somewhat delicate area. When you place undue stress upon it, you cause problems. When your TMJ is out of whack, you’ll feel pain and resistance when using your lower jaw (which is pretty much every moment of the day!). A TMJ splint will restrict your lower jaw’s movement to allow the joint to relax and heal.
- Improve your quality of sleep – When you’re clenching and grinding, you don’t sleep as soundly. You may wake feeling tired, or feel drowsy during the day. A calmer jaw will allow you to get better sleep.
Getting a Night Guard
We’ll need to take an impression to make your guard. Schedule that appointment today!