Why do I need a NightGuard?
An extremely large number of people grind and gnash their teeth while sleeping. Many people are unaware that they are doing this. It is sometimes thought that grinding will occur during periods of stress. We believe now that while stress may enhance your periods of grinding, it is not the only cause. While you are asleep, your teeth will come together about two to four hours during seven to eight hours of sleep. When there are irregularities in the chewing surfaces of your teeth, an automatic reflex occurs (by grinding) to eliminate a spot where it is too high. Your neuro-muscular system steps into high gear and extends thousands of pounds of pressure through the muscles of the mouth and jaw to grind away your teeth in a never ending battle which does nothing but cause aches and pains.
How will I know if I grind my teeth?
Soreness in neck muscles A stiff neck Facial pain around the jaw Inability to move the jaw Clicking sounds in the jaw (when opening a closing your mouth) Pain in the area of your ears Sometimes dizziness and impaired hearing or ringing Recurring headaches Your teeth become worn down The bone retreats from the roots of the teeth Loose or broken teeth Someone tells you that you are grinding your teeth Your jaws are clenched upon awakening
How does a NightGuard help?
NightGuard, through its simple but unique construction, totally prevents your back (posterior) teeth from coming into contact so those unconscious efforts to correct the irregular chewing surfaces on your teeth are completely thwarted and therefore there is no more grinding.