Night Guards

Night Guards

Night Guards

Night Guards Aren’t Just for Grinding

Many people think of night guards (or “nite guards”) as devices that are only worn by people who “grind their teeth at night.” And while a large percentage of people who wear night guards are bruxers (bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding), night guards help in other situations, as well. There are generally two types of guards – soft guards and hard guards, and whether you need a hard or soft guard depends upon what specific problem we are trying to correct.

Why Would I Need a Night Guard?

Bruxism. People who grind their teeth are known as bruxers, and it’s recommended that most bruxers wear a night guard. The thought is that the guard will prevent people from grinding and thereby (a) prevent the teeth from becoming more worn down and (b) relax the muscles of the jaw area and jaw joint that are often overworked or strained in patients with grinding habits. An added bonus is that we’d rather have you wearing out a guard which we can easily replace, as opposed to wearing out your teeth, which we cannot easily replaced.

Long-span bridges. For patients who have long bridges (many crowns connected in order to replace missing teeth) and even some veneer patients, it’s important to wear a guard a night in order to protect the porcelain on the restorations, but also to protect your natural teeth. The ceramics that we use today are better than the ceramics of the past, but many are still harder than teeth, and can thus cause wear on natural teeth – even in someone who isn’t a bruxer.

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