Sleep is a crucial part of our everyday routine as it helps our body relax and rejuvenate for the following day. But, sleep disorders could affect the quality of your sleep, and the worst part is most of us wouldn’t even know about them as they go unnoticed. One such sleep disorder is bruxism, which is the subconscious grinding of teeth while asleep. If left untreated, it can have certain severe symptoms such as excessive wear of the teeth, TMD, migraine, etc.
What is a night guard?
A night guard or a bruxism guard is an oral appliance used to keep the teeth from undergoing severe wear due to bruxism. It looks pretty much like an athletic mouthguard used by sportspersons but functions slightly different. The night guard also reduces the stress applied to the tissues around the jaw and TMJ, thereby reducing the severity of TMD.
What is the advantage of a customized night guard?
Night guards can be picked up from a local pharmacy, which would be a one-size-fits-all or a boil-and-bite type. They do the job of protecting the teeth alright but have other drawbacks. They wouldn’t offer the right fit, making them quite uncomfortable to use. With regular use, they could cause an inflammation of the gums and even bring about a change in the alignment of the teeth. Though customized night guards cost more, they would be worth the investment as they offer seamless comfort and protection.
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