Teeth grinding or bruxism affects millions of Americans annually. Usually, teeth grinding occurs at night and the sufferer is rarely aware of it. A person can experience mild or severe degrees of pain due to bruxism.
Apart from disturbing sleeping patterns, teeth grinding leads larger issues such as migraines, earaches, toothaches, and worse—teeth deterioration. We have the perfect solution for you if you suffer from teeth grinding—a night mouth guard.
FLOSS Dental provides custom night guards in 10 convenient FLOSS locations Coppell, Lakewood, Southlake, Oak Lawn, Park Cities, Preston Royal, Uptown Dallas, 5th Street, 38th Street and San Antonio, Texas
What Are Night Guards?
A night guard is a device made up of plastic that is fitted to the top and bottom teeth in effort to prevent teeth grinding. Although a night guard is often used at night, it can be used while one is awake.
Alternative purposes of night guards include:
- Protection from teeth deterioration
- Better breathing
- Alleviate jaw pain
- Prevention of jaw muscle spasm
- Reduce grinding in sports activities
- Lessen grinding in stressful situations
Full and Half Guards
Full guards rests in between the top and bottom rows of teeth, while partial coverage guards cover specific teeth that are affected by bruxism. Also, the former does not modify the bite of the user, while the latter may slightly affect the bite of the person.
Stiff and Soft
Soft night guards are made of thick poly-vinyl material while the hard night guards are made of harder materials (usually heat-cured acrylic). People with severe cases of bruxism may use the hard night guards given their durability. Individuals who have mild degrees of teeth grinding are advised to use the soft guards because they are sufficient solution.
Custom Night Guards vs. Over-the-Counter Guards
There are a variety of night mouth guards that are available at retail stores. However, they are designed as “a one size fits all” solution. Although this solution may be suitable for occasional use, such as when playing a sport, over-the-counter night mouth guards are usually unsuitable for prolonged use. Simply put, they are not designed to the shape and size of your mouth. Most patients find them to be uncomfortable and stiff during sleep.
Our customized night guards are designed from molds taken from your mouth, which makes the night guard is an exact fit. You will be given the option of using a top or bottom guard to maximize your personal comfort.
Additionally, we can adjust the thickness of your night mouth guard to match the severity of your teeth grinding.
How to Take Care of a Night Guard
Cleanse your guard with cold water after every use. Also, it is best to thoroughly clean it at least once per week to prevent bacteria from growing, make sure that the guard and container are dry before sealing. Lastly, take the guard to the dentist regularly to check it’s condition.