Do You Find That Your Teeth Grind At Night?
Bruxism is the real term is known for teeth clenching or grinding while you sleep. This is typically caused by stress, anxiety, missing or crooked teeth, worn tooth enamel, and tooth sensitivity. To protect your teeth from this, a custom-fitted mouth guard is recommended. Not only for Bruxism, but a mouthguard (or Invisalign) should also be used for other symptoms such as jaw pain or obstructive sleep apnea. The dentist will measure the structure of your mouth to mold a custom-fitted mouthguard for your comfort while you sleep.
If you suffer from these common sleep disorders, you’re damaging your teeth without realizing. Let a mouthguard protect your teeth and help you get a comfortable night’s sleep.
The use of a mouth guard offers 5 key benefits to you:
- Protect Your Teeth from Damage – A critical benefit for a mouth guard. During the night, as your teeth grind and clench it causes significant damage, leading to chipped teeth, damaged filling and excessive enamel wear. Preserve your confident smile and wear a mouthguard with comfort.
- Limits Sleep Apnea and Snoring – Teeth clenching and grinding affects your muscles which lead to breathing problems and snoring as your air intake decreases. The mouthguard slightly increases the small gap between your jaws to increase the air intake, making it easier to breathe and ensure you enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Reduce Headaches and Pain – Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) associated with headaches, jaw pain, earaches, muscle fatigue, and neck pain are all common symptoms of Bruxism. Although it may be surprising, feedback from mouthguard users says that consistently wearing them alleviates these concerns immediately.
- Improved Sleep Patterns – Wearing a mouth guard will help drastically improve your sleep patterns. Your jaws and facial positions are shaped appropriately for your muscles to relax, meaning less stress, less anxiety, a more comfortable night’s sleep and better protection of your teeth.
- Less Tension on Your Joints and Muscles – Your dentist will mold and shape your mouth guard appropriately to suit your needs and reduce any stress upon your jaws and muscles that you may be experiencing. The consequences of this form of pain mean you’ll struggle to move your jaw free from pain whilst you eat or talk. Mouth guards are lightweight and comfortable and as they get comfortable to wear, they will become a natural tool to help you sleep.
Getting you set up with a custom-fitted mouth guard is a simple and efficient process which should be completed within one or two visits to the dentist. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, the benefits of a mouth guard are exponential and will serve you well during the night.
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