What are dental night guards for?

You might have heard of a dental night guard but have wondered what they are for or how they can help you. Night guards are the number one treatment to combat Bruxism.

Bruxism, also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth, is an extremely common condition that affects almost all adults in New Zealand at some stage in their life time. Grinding or clenching teeth long term can cause serious issues overtime such wearing down teeth, shortening the bite, cracks in teeth or broken fillings. There are many factors that can cause Bruxism – most commonly stress!

Bruxism treatment options

There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism. One of the most common is a night guard. This is a soft appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night to prevent further wear on your teeth. A night guard is a custom fit tray made out of a soft, dual laminate material. Its main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth, as well as relieve the strain on your jaw muscles to inhibit jaw pain and headaches.

Custom-fit night guards

Contact us at Wainui Dental to create a custom fit appliance unique to your teeth and prevent damage to your teeth caused by grinding/clenching!

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