According to the American Dental Association, teeth grinding (bruxism) affects up to 15 percent of adults. Bruxism can be detrimental to your teeth as well as your overall health. Dental mouth guards, or night guards, are put over the teeth to preventing grinding or clenching. The guard acts as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth. At Smilese4OC in Costa Mesa, we have experience diagnosing bruxism and treating it with the help of custom fit night guards.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF NIGHT GUARDS
When looking at night guards, patients have two options. The first is an over the counter guard that can be bought at almost any pharmacy. The guard is boiled and then bit into while still warm to create a fairly comfortable, semi-custom fit.
We recommend professional mouth guards from a dental lab. Custom fit night guards make sure that the jaw is properly aligned and will not fall out or cause pain. Custom mouth guards are also long lasting with proper care.
To learn more about custom night guards, call (714) 557-0700 today.