You may notice that you wake up with a headache or even a sore jaw after what should be a good night’s sleep. This could be because you are clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. If this is the case, it would be a good idea to consider getting a night guard.
What is a Night Guard?
A night guard is made from a hard or soft plastic material that sits over your teeth like a retainer you would wear at night. It is meant to be a barrier between your top and bottom teeth to help prevent you from putting pressure on your teeth and jaw joints (TMJ).
How Does it Help?
Wearing a night guard while you sleep helps to prevent physical damage to your teeth. Putting constant pressure on them will gradually cause small fractures over time. Night guards also relieve the pressure or tension put on your jaw joint, which can cause frequent headaches.
Types of Night Guards
Two types of night guards are usually available. The quickest, more affordable option is to purchase one over the counter. Unfortunately, these appliances are often too bulky and uncomfortable to sleep in.
Custom-made night guards are the better choice. Impressions are taken of your teeth and then sent to a lab to have the night guard made. They are made from a high quality material and will fit around your teeth snuggly (and comfortably). They do cost more than an over-the-counter option, but will be more comfortable and durable for the best level of protection. Especially if you struggle with jaw pain.
If you grind your teeth, have frequent headaches, or recently invested in a smile makeover, call Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry about getting a night guard.