Do you wake up feeling refreshed and aware each morning? Or do you enter each day with a headache, a sore jaw, and worn teeth? If you’re dealing with chronic nighttime teeth grinding, you probably fall into the latter camp. And the results of your grinding have daily and long-term negative impacts. Fight bruxism by exploring night guards with Dr. Siegel.
Bruxism is chronic jaw clenching / teeth grinding, and it affects countless adults. It’s damaging to not only your teeth, but to your mood and your daily comfort level. It’s difficult to spot bruxism because you only grind your teeth while sleeping or concentrating, and you do so subconsciously. Since you usually can’t catch yourself in the act, it’s key that you check in with a dentist if you’re noticing a combination of these symptoms (especially in the morning):
Some of these signs overlap with sleep apnea symptoms – Dr. Siegel will help you distinguish between the two.
Give your enamel a break – get a custom night guard to control clenching and grinding. Night guards fit over your teeth and accomplish a few different goals, depending on the guard type. Some simply cover your upper or lower teeth to prevent enamel from meeting enamel. Others restrict your lower jaw movement so that you’re unable to clench. Depending on your jaw and your habits, Dr. Siegel will recommend the appropriate device.
Once you’re accustomed to wearing your mouth guard, it will become a regular part of your nightly routine. You’ll sleep better, experience fewer headaches, and see a longer-lasting smile. If you’ve been grinding your nights away, get in touch for assistance.