What is it?
A plastic type of appliance that is used to relax the jaw muscles and/or prevent the teeth from wearing down due to bruxism (grinding), which typically occurs during sleep. People who wake up with sore muscles, facial weakness, or a jaw that is "locked" are good candidates for this device.
What are the benefits?
Helps to reduce grinding and clenching of teeth, thus protecting them from damage
A night guard allows for improved breathing at night, as the air passages are kept open
Headaches, neck and shoulder tension can be dramatically reduced
Getting a night guard helps to attain a better and more comforting night sleep, allowing the wearer to wake up refreshed and feeling more energetic
Tension and stress on jaw muscles and joints can be drastically reduced, thus prolonging their life and reducing or preventing progression of any orthodontic conditions
Sometimes, the use of night guard can also help to reduce snoring, allowing the wearer and others to have a better night sleep
One of the most substantial advantages of night guards is their ability to prevent and reduce fractures, premature tooth wear, chipping and loosening of teeth
How is it done?
If you are in need of a night guard, your upper and lower impressions will be taken. The impressions will be sent to a lab who will make the nightguard. At your next appointment, we will make the necessary adjustments to ensure a correct fit to your bite.