Most of us will clench our jaw or grind our teeth occasionally, usually without much causing much damage. However, some people may also grind their teeth during their sleep, which means that they could causing long-lasting damage without even knowing it. Many people don’t even realize that they’re grinding their teeth at night until their partner (who usually wakes up to the sound of it) tells them about it. Excessive grinding is often called bruxism, and a good way to protect yourself against it is by using a night guard made by your dentist.
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism has many causes, which is why it’s so important to visit a dentist if you think that you may be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw too much. Some common causes include:
- Crowded or missing teeth
- Bite problems (overbite or underbite)
- Stress and anxiety
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine
- Sleep apnea
Our cosmetic dentist in Chandler, AZ will be able to help identify why you grind your teeth and can create a custom night guard for you to wear while you’re sleeping if they think that you need a solution beyond simple lifestyle changes.
How Do Night Guards Work?
The night guard is made from a mold of your teeth. You place it over the top row of teeth before going to bed. This will keep your teeth apart, so that if you do start grinding your teeth, you cannot cause excessive damage. Night guards are made from durable materials and can last for up to ten years, ensuring that you have a long-term solution that will keep your teeth, gums and jaw safe. They’re also designed to be as comfortable as possible, so they won’t disturb your breathing.
If you think that a night guard will help you with bruxism and tooth grinding, feel free to get in touch for a consultation.