If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, a night guard can go a long way in protecting your smile. Faith Cousins, DDS, provides high-quality night guards for patients in Silver Spring, Maryland. To get started with your night guard, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
A night guard is a custom-made, removable oral appliance that the team at Faith Cousins, DDS, can use to treat teeth grinding. It’s made from an impression of your smile, so it fits snugly on your teeth and comfortably in your mouth.
Night guards are sometimes referred to as snore guards.
Teeth grinding or clenching, also called bruxism, is a condition where you habitually grind your teeth against one another or chronically clench your jaw. Many people with bruxism aren’t aware of it because it mostly occurs while you sleep, but the condition affects between 30-40 million children and adults in the United States.
Some of the telltale signs of bruxism include:
Bruxism is incredibly damaging to your oral health. It wears down your teeth, which leaves you more susceptible to tooth decay and bacterial infections. It can also cause significant pain in your jaw and lead to the development of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
It’s unclear exactly what causes people to grind their teeth, and the supposed causes can vary widely from person to person.
Some of the factors that can make you more likely to grind your teeth include:
Teeth grinding is also more common in children than in adults.
A night guard doesn’t stop you from grinding your teeth, but it does protect your smile so that the grinding does less damage. By putting a thin layer of flexible plastic between your teeth while you sleep, a night guard prevents your teeth from grinding directly against one another. This protects your enamel and prevents excessive wear-and-tear.
Don’t let teeth grinding do more damage to your smile than it already has. Schedule your visit to Faith Cousins, DDS, by phone or online today to get your night guard as soon as possible.