It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping. Similar to how a mouthguard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally.
There are a wide variety of different types of mouthguards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws. Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process.
Typically these mouthguards cover your upper teeth only, but in certain instances they are used for the lower teeth as well.
Grinding of teeth can be a serious problem that does major damage to your teeth, so wearing a nightguard is an effective way to prevent this damage.
After you have worn your braces for the appropriate amount of time, we move into the retention stage of your treatment. It is VERY important not to skip this step, or all of your hard work will not pay off as you had hoped. Your teeth may shift around or move back to where they were instead of staying in place.
During retention, you will have to wear retainers as your teeth adjust to staying in their new place without braces. You should wear your retainers as recommended by your dentist. Some should be worn only at night, while others need to be worn almost all of the time.
Brushing your teeth is easier in this phase, since the retainers are removable. All you have to do is remove your retainer, and then you will be able to brush your teeth better than you were able to when you had braces. You should also brush your retainer thoroughly before placing it back to your mouth.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that is often misunderstood and can create multiple health problems if left untreated, especially in terms of dental health. Many people snore and allow their sleep habits to go unnoticed which is one of the reasons that sleep apnea is often undetected unless someone else notices. We take time to properly evaluate your condition and can help offer treatment for those who struggle with sleep apnea.
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Custom Sports Guard
Sports guards are used during sports activities since many people like to clench their teeth. They also protect your teeth and jaw in case you get hit in the face.
We offer different types of sports guards depending on your needs. Some are pre-formed while others are customizable so that they fit your mouth perfectly. We offer sports guards for your top teeth, though some people need to have them for both their top and bottom teeth.
After a thorough examination, we would be happy to discuss your options so that you can protect your teeth from grinding during sports.