If you’re someone who grinds your teeth at night, the problem of waking up your partner by making a lot of noise is only the very tip of the iceberg. The bigger problem with teeth grinding, or “bruxism,” as it’s called, is that you could be doing lasting damage to your teeth. What’s more, you may be suffering unnecessarily from migraines or other jaw-related issues.
For people in New York who experience nighttime tooth grinding, a night guard device may be appropriate. In essence, it’s a product you wear at night to protect your teeth. By wearing your night guard, the surface of your teeth will be protected from the grinding that wears down enamel and causes chipping or breakage of the teeth.
Unlike the night guard products you might buy in a store, custom night guards are made from a mold of your own teeth. That ensures you’re getting a guard that will feel good and allow your teeth to rest in a more comfortable position.
If you’re a person who’s already been dealing with broken or damaged teeth, you know that fixing those problems can be a costly, time-consuming endeavor. By wearing a night guard, you may be able to avoid those issues before they start, or in any case, before they get worse.
Here’s another big plus: night guards can also help you avoid the headaches and severe jaw pain that so often come with bruxism. If you’ve been through the hassle of trying other medications and therapies, you may be happily surprised that a simpler, less-invasive solution was out there for you all along.
Night guards create a soft, pliable surface on which your teeth rest. That, in turn, reduces the amount of tension your jaw experiences when you’re clenching it at night. Wearing your night guard while you sleep may take some getting used to, but generally, when you put it in you’ll immediately be more conscious of the placement of your jaw.
If you grind your teeth, you owe it to yourself to invest in an effective product that is going to protect your teeth.
Dr. Shahram Shekib offers night guard products as well as other cosmetic dentistry solutions through his private dental practices in Brooklyn and New York, New York. Visit website for more information.