If you experience morning headaches or worn-down teeth associated with grinding and clenching, you may be a good candidate for a night guard. At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, their expert dentists offer custom-fit night guards to protect your teeth from getting damaged. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
A night guard is a comfortable device made of long-lasting material worn at night when you sleep. Doing so helps reduce tooth damage, morning headaches, and jaw pain associated with nighttime clenching and grinding.
The benefits of wearing a custom-fit night guard include:
Wearing a night guard is an excellent prevention strategy. It can enhance your oral health and reduce the need for costly or invasive procedures.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a night guard, your Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry specialist reviews your oral health history, discusses symptoms you may have, examines your gums and teeth, and takes dental X-rays.
Another option is to wear a removable oral appliance at night if you have sleep apnea. These appliances can adjust your lower jaw position during sleep to improve airflow and reduce symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
To get fitted for a night guard, your dentist takes molds of your teeth or digitally scans them so a dental lab can create a custom-fit night guard that fits comfortably over your natural teeth. When the night guard is ready, you can begin wearing it every night while you sleep.
Keep your night guard clean by brushing it with a toothbrush every day. Call the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry office if your night guard gets lost or damaged and attend routine dental cleaning and exams at least every six months.
Other ways to protect your teeth from damage include not chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects. You should also wear a mouthguard during contact sports activities to protect your teeth and mouth from trauma.
Don’t live with the damaging effects of tooth grinding and clenching when a simple solution is within reach at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.