Overnight Teeth Grinding Can Cause Serious Damage
Our bodies are busy while we sleep, as our brains and biological systems go through a series of processes to slow down and recover so that we’re ready to face the new day when we awaken. However, some things that transpire overnight are not as healthy. One of those is sleep bruxism, which is a tendency to clench or grind your teeth overnight. Sleep bruxism is fairly common and more prevalent among children. It can become serious enough to cause lasting damage to your teeth.
That’s when the orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. can step in to answer questions and provide relief. We’re all about creating a healthy, radiant smile, and we want to make sure that smile is something you’ll be proud of for years to come. Modern techniques and treatment options make attaining a winning smile easier than ever before, no matter what your age.
Some signs of sleep bruxism are if you are regularly waking up with a headache, toothache or a sore jaw; and especially if you show signs of chipped teeth. If symptoms are occurring regularly, our orthodontist may recommend a night guard that’s worn while we sleep. Although some are available without a prescription at your local drug store, our orthodontist may recommend a custom-made night guard that is produced by taking an impression of your teeth and having the guard made in a dental laboratory. Once it’s ready, we make any necessary adjustments to make sure it fits correctly. A custom-made night guard likely will cost more, but it will last longer and feel more comfortable. We’ll also give you instructions on how to use and care for it.
We also may recommend other methods of reducing teeth grinding, including stress relief and changes in diet and medication.
If you have questions about sleep bruxism and night guards, our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. is here to help. Please contact us today for an appointment.