At Elite Smiles Dentistry, P.A. we recommend trying a night guard to our patients who grind, or clench, their teeth while sleeping. About 12% of adults suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. Doing this in your sleep may cause you to awaken with tooth pain, a dull headache, or a sore jaw. Night guards are used to help curtail teeth grinding while you sleep.
Night guards can be found without a prescription in most pharmacies, or our office can custom make one tailored to your bite. If you purchase a night guard from a pharmacy, or similar store, it is important to get the boil and bite kind. These are made of a thermoplastic material that softens when placed in hot water allowing you to bite and create a guard shaped for your teeth. We recommend going with a custom night guard made from impressions of your jaw taken at our office. This will ensure that you have a proper fitting night guard and allowing you to not hassle with making your own and trying to adjust it.
Caring for your mouth guard is very simple, just rinse with cold water and wash with a mild soap after each use. We will provide a firm container to store your night guard when not being used. Before inserting your mouth guard it’s important to check it for small tears or holes; if you notice any of these it is time to get a new mouth guard.