Night Guards

McLean Family Dentistry: McLean, VA / Cosmetic & Restorative: Overview / Night Guards

Teeth grinding is one of the most common and most destructive things people do to their teeth.  Grinding is when your upper and lower teeth move back and forth against each other causing flattened teeth.  As it gets worse, it can lead to cracks in teeth, dental sensitivity, gum recession, mobility, and even tooth loss.  Grinding and clenching can also cause migraines and TMJ pain.

Most people don’t realize they are grinding their teeth at night.  They usually only find out when they go to the dentist.  One of the most common questions asked is, “Wouldn’t I know if I was grinding my teeth?”. Well, the simple answer is, unfortunately not.  Our muscles are more hyperactive as we sleep then when awake.  If you start grinding or clenching your teeth in the daytime, your brain tells your mouth to stop.  Unfortunately, this does not happen while we are sleeping.

Many patients will say, is a nightguard uncomfortable?  To be honest, it takes some getting used to.  However, the benefits far outweigh the negative repercussions of grinding!  The process is pretty easy.  A quick impression is all it takes.  You get a custom fitted nightguard which fits perfectly to your teeth.  Your teeth stay strong and protected! Please call us for a free consultation.