Right off the bat I can tell you that night guard works if you grind your teeth at night. This is a proven way to combat against teeth grinding. A night guard is a mouthpiece you wear while you sleep that forms a protective layer between your upper and lower teeth. They will prevent you from doing any damage to your teeth or jaw caused by teeth grinding during sleep.
The types of night guards
Generic Night guards
Generic night guards are available drug stores or online. There is typically no size and shape options, just one size product. They are cheap, appropriate for occasional, light grinding teeth. However I don’t recommend this option as there’s no one-size-fits-all especially when it comes to your teeth as everyone has different shapes and sizes.
Custom Night guards:
This type of night guard is made by a dental office or dental lab. They can be fitted at the dental office. Typically, they are often made of durable acrylic that is long-lasting and highly protective.
How Night guards Protect Teeth
A custom sleeping night guard is one of the best ways to stop grinding teeth. Your dentist will simply take an impression of your teeth, send them to a lab, and have a night guard specifically designed for you. Night guards work by forming a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Wearing your night time mouth guard while you sleep will prevent teeth grinding and the need for future dental restorations.
It will also help get rid of the headaches as well as any pain or discomfort from your jaw or teeth if you had them. Night guard is considered as a small investment since they will improve the sleeping quality, help you with fresh morning instead of groggy from unproductive painful sleeping experience. After all, it’s important you get a good night of sleep as it’s linked to your immune system.
Night guards are also sometimes used to treat cases of sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means your breath stops and starts repeatedly during the sleep. If you snore a lot additionally feeling exhausting even after long sleep, you might have sleep apnea. This most common form of sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue blocks your airway as you sleep. By wearing a custom-made night guard, your jaw will remain aligned and your airway will stay open even when you’re unconscious.
While not every sleep apnea patient will benefit from this type of treatment, it’s been successful in many cases and can help you avoid other types of expensive equipment or medical procedures.
The Bottom Line
By wearing a barrier surface between up and bottom teeth, you can help with bruxism symptoms. A lot of people treat bruxism with night guards. This can also prevent from expensive dental procedures by protecting your front teeth. Even though night guards are not to cure the bruxism, they will definitely help not getting worse as original speed, maintain current condition pleasantly. And night guards are not expensive compare to actual treatment. It’s worth the money as it’s cheaper way to treat teeth grinding.
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