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Advantages Of Using Night Guards



Night guards are recommended for a number of problems, including bruxism, which is characterized by clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep. Bruxism affects one in every 12 people, resulting in tooth damage, facial pain, and insomnia. Teeth clenching and grinding is usually caused by stress. So managing your stress should also help relieve the symptoms.

5 Reasons To Start Wearing Custom Night Guards

Otherwise, you should protect your teeth from severe damage by wearing night guards. These appliances can also be used to manage jaw pain, lockjaw, and popping and clicking of the jaw, and as part of your TMJ treatment.

Wearing a night guard advised by your dentist can help to:

  1. Prevent tooth damage

    The habit of unconsciously clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep can result in chipped or broken teeth, damaged fillings, or sensitivity due to excessive enamel wear. This can, in turn, cause expensive tooth restoration procedures or retreatment (for fillings). Wearing custom night guards can prevent this by keeping the upper teeth from coming in contact with the lower teeth, reducing the impact of teeth grinding and clenching and protecting your smile.

  2. Alleviate pain and headaches

    Cases of bruxism and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are often associated with headaches, toothaches, and tooth sensitivity. The symptoms for TMD also include a sore or tender jaw, muscle fatigue, neck pain, ear aches, and spasms, among others. Wearing custom night guards can help to manage these symptoms and alleviate everyday pains and aches. Personalized guards can also be designed to align your teeth and bite, helping to manage TMJ-related jaw pain.

  3. Reduce tension

    Custom night guards are lightweight, comfortable, and practical for your specific dental concerns, helping to reduce any stress in your jaw joints and muscles. This in turn minimizes wear and tear and allows you to speak, eat, and laugh comfortably.

  4. Improve sleep patterns

    Wearing custom night guards helps to manage the symptoms of bruxism or jaw problems, minimize associated pain and discomfort, and improve your sleep patterns. A custom night guard can be used to position your jaw in a manner that promotes muscle relaxation. Reducing the stress in your jaw provides a sense of relief that allows you to sleep and rest.

  5. Prevent snoring

    Teeth clenching and grinding and jaw problems can affect your muscles and lead to breathing problems and snoring at night. Custom night guards can be designed to keep your jaws slightly apart to increase air intake and improve breathing while asleep.

Getting your own custom night guard requires two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, you will be examined and the necessary measurements taken to create the mould. If your guard fits perfectly in your second visit, you can start enjoying the benefits that night.

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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.