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Night guards are recommended to help prevent damage to teeth due to clenching and grinding. You Make Me Smile Dental Centre creates Night Guards on-site for a custom fit.
Can You Sleep With a Night Guard?
Not exactly a treatment, the mouthguard or night guard does not really stop the habit of teeth clenching and grinding, but it helps the patient prevent possible damage to his teeth. The mouth guard is an oral appliance that the patient wears during sleep so that it can absorb all the grinding and clenching forces.
What Does a Night Guard Do?
A nightguard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Grinding implies the moving of the jaw back and forth, while clenching is biting down with pressure for an extended period of time. The guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth When They Sleep?
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.