Sleep bruxism is a term used to describe people who clench or grind their teeth at night, with one study finding that about 8.6% of people suffer from it. Nightguards are an available option to help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. These devices are worn when you sleep and can help lessen the wear and tear on your teeth and help prevent fractures.
Additionally, some nightguards are designed specifically to promote the relaxation of your jaw muscles, something that’s useful for those who have problems with severe grinding or clenching of their teeth.
Occlusal splints, or bite splints, tend to be worn all the time. These appliances can be used to help manage problems that may be caused by jaw issues, such as neck aches or headaches.
Caring for Your Nightguard
- Be sure to brush and floss before wearing your nightguard
- Don’t chew on your nightguard
- Don’t bend your nightguard, as it’s important that it maintains its shape
- Your nightguard can be damaged by heat, so keep it out of the sun and don’t leave it in a closed vehicle
- Keep your nightguard clean
- Wash your nightguard after each use with soap and cool water
- Before storing your nightguard, soak it in mouthwash
- Keep your nightguard in its proper, ventilated storage box
- Call us if you need the fit adjusted or are experiencing any other problems with your nightguard