Night time grinding or BRUXISM as it is otherwise known can cause several problems:
- Morning headaches
- Pain in the jaw joints
- Pain in the teeth/fillings
- Broken teeth
- Worn teeth
- Neck pain
- In some people it can cause migraines
Things to remember:
- A night guard takes two visits to make. One visit to do impressions, a second to fit it to your mouth. Although they might not look it, these are very intricate devices that can take a lot of adjusting to get right.
- More and more teenagers are grinding their teeth due to exam stress.
- Your night guard is there to protect your teeth and reduce the pain in your jaw joints and in the muscles that work your mouth. It is not a cure.
- Night guards are made of a form of hard plastic, and as such they will wear down dependent on how much you grind your teeth. Occasionally we will make a soft flexible gum shield not unlike a boxers gum shield if we feel it is appropriate.
- Different people grind to different degrees. Some people grind all the time. Others grind only during periods of stress.
- The guard will wear down and will need replacing at additional cost.
- Some people also clench their teeth during the day. Whilst it might not seem it, this is a conscious habit that can be controlled.
- If you do not get on with your Night Guard you may need a referral to a specialist
- You can keep your night guard clean using a nail brush and cold water
- REMEMBER – bring your night guard with you to EVERY appointment. For example, if you have a filling the guard will need to be adjusted. If you come for a check up, we will need to check the night guard is still doing it’s job.