Stress is the number one cause of adults that grind their teeth. Chronic night grinding can cause a series of different problems including chips and fractures in the biting surface of your teeth as well as increasing the chances of developing TMJ disorder. If stress management techniques have been unsuccessful, you might want to talk to your dentist about being fitted for a custom night guard.
A custom fitted night guard is designed to conform to your natural bite pattern and the shape of your teeth. This allows it to hold firm to the teeth while protecting them, yet also allowing the top and bottom jaw to slip over each other to reduce the tension and ache in jaw muscles. In fact this is why many dentist and orthodontist has prescribed custom night guards as a treatment option for TMJ disorder
A custom night guard is easy to maintain. Simply rinse it each morning with a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. If there is any noticeable bacterial buildup in the mouth trays, or you just would like to refresh the unit, you can simply brush them with a nonabrasive toothpaste.
When you’re not wearing your custom night guard you should store it in a cool, dark, dry place in the case provided. If it suffers any wear and tear, bring it with you at your next checkup and the dentist can determine the best solution.
If you have questions about a custom night guard or you would like to be fitted for a custom night, please feel free to call us at 703.754.5800 to schedule an appointment.