Do you grind or clench your teeth? Have lots of crowns or veneers? A night guard helps protect your teeth from the wear and tear of grinding and helps protect your crowns and veneers from fractures.
Many people clench and/or grind their teeth at night and don’t even realize it. The constant pressure of your teeth grinding together all night long does a lot of damage to your teeth. Many people will see their front teeth getting shorter or wear spots forming in their back teeth. Often people who grind or clench wake up with headaches or sore jaw muscles. The forces you can create while grinding and clenching can even break your teeth. Once the wear has happened, there is no way to regrow the lost enamel. The best thing you can do is to address the problem early and protect yourself from further wear. A night guard will do just that for you.
A night guard is a custom made appliance that you wear while you are sleeping. This helps to protect your teeth from wear because you will be grinding or clenching on the appliance instead of your teeth. The night guard also protects your teeth from breaking, especially if you have porcelain crowns, veneers or large fillings. If you think a night guard will help you, ask our dentists about it at your next appointment and they will be happy to discuss it with you.