Protect Your Teeth from Damage – Get a Night Guard!
Are you grinding your teeth at night? You might be, but aren’t aware of it. Teeth grinding often occurs when you sleep. It causes damage to your teeth (that’s costly to repair), disrupts your sleep, and affects your overall health. Compared to the costs of cosmetic or restorative dental treatments, a night guard is a cost effective way to protect your teeth, and maintain your health.
What is a Night Guard & How Does It Help?
What are night guards? Much like a retainer, these two small pieces of plastic are custom made to comfortably fit over your teeth, while you sleep. They put a barrier between your teeth, help prevent your tooth enamel from wearing down, and can also help to reduce the tension in your jaw muscles. Unlike store bought night guards, that are boil and bite, Dr. Beffa will first take an impression of your teeth (upper and lower) from which a plaster cast will be created to make a custom night guard to your exact fit.
Why do people grind their teeth? Chronic teeth grinding (aka Bruxism) can happen throughout the day because of anxiety or stress, but it usually occurs during sleep, due to an abnormal bite, crooked or missing teeth, or from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea.
Benefits of Custom Made Dental Night Guards
Do You Need a Night Guard?
If you’re experiencing headaches, or facial, or jaw pain, when you wake up, or you notice that your teeth are sensitive or worn, you could be grinding your teeth. Here are 7 signs that you may be ready for a night guard.
Protect the health of your teeth, and your overall health. If you suspect that you’re grinding your teeth, Dr. Beffa can verify whether you are, what’s causing it, and discuss how a night guard could help. Please call (206) 242-0066 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.