Chronic teeth clenching and grinding – also known as bruxism – is often a condition that’s brought on by stress or other neurological conditions.
If you’re experiencing a heightened level of stress in your career or personal life, you may be taking it out on your teeth. During your commute home or while you’re sleeping at night, your TMJ may be tightening up and clenching your teeth against one another.
Instead of allowing your enamel to succumb to stress-induced fractures, you can protect your smile with a customized nightguard.
How Do Nightguards Work?
Unlike oral sleep appliances that attach to your top and bottom teeth, a nightguard only covers one or the other. You wear it at night while you sleep, to counteract the neurological effect of stress that builds up in the daytime. That way when your jaws clench and grind your teeth together, the mouthguard will cushion the tension and protect your smile.
Although a nightguard can gradually wear out from bruxism, it’s better to replace an acrylic appliance than it is to restore broken teeth.