What causes Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)?
Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders, although it also occurs during the day. It is a habit frequently caused by stress or anxiety. It can also be caused by an abnormality in the mouth such as a recently chipped or missing tooth.
What is the most common treatment for bruxism?
A dentist will usually diagnose bruxism and a night guard is the most common way to treat it. The dentist will take an impression of the teeth and create a mouth guard that can be worn at night while sleeping to protect the teeth while grinding and clenching. There are also mouth guards that can be purchased online that are cheaper than from a dentist.
Can a bruxism guard be worn during the day?
Yes, mouth guards can be effective at any time of the day or night, although most people will wear them at night when they can't consciously monitor or stop the problem.
Will a Night Guard completely stop clenching or grinding?
Night guards will probably not stop clenching or grinding for most people. Rather, they are designed to save the teeth from unusual wear or chipping caused by grinding and clenching, and relieve symptoms caused by nighttime clenching and grinding. For some people, they may make the habit of clenching and grinding on the mouth guard more recognizable so they stop the habit.
Do night guards have to be worn every night?
Many teeth grinders only have periodic problems or flare-ups when they grind, especially during stressful times. During these times, they often wake up in the morning the next day with a sore jaw from clenching or grinding during the previous night. These are the most important times to wear a guard to save the teeth.
I've never worn a mouth guard at night. Will it be uncomfortable?
Most people report it's a weird feeling to sleep with a mouth guard at first and some even describe it as uncomfortable and difficult. Like anything new, it will probably take some time to get used to, but it is worth it to give it some time. If you've ever worn eyeglasses or contact lenses for the first time, you'll understand. New eyeglasses and contact wearers frequently have itchy eyes, headaches or pain on the bridge of the nose. Over time, the wearer adjusts and in the span of several weeks or days, they become comfortable with the new devices and attain the goal of better eyesight.
How do I store and clean a night guard when not in use?
Night guards should be rinsed in hot water after each time worn and placed back in a protective case when not in use. It should also be rinsed or soaked in hydrogen peroxide periodically. Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive and safe to use and can be poured in the protective case so that it covers the entire mouth guard. This can be done once a week, or even daily. It is also recommended to use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning during and immediately after any illness. Read our cleaning instructions https://www.bruxnightguard.com/pages/mouth-guard-cleaning-care
Can a night guard be worn with braces, dentures, etc.?
Night guards should NOT be used if you wear braces, retainers or other external surface devices. They need to remain firmly in place while sleeping and should not be used if any teeth issues prevent this from happening. Check with a dentist before using a night guard with caps, implants, dentures, or any other dental procedures.