The most common reason people wear a night guard for teeth is to prevent wear and tear on their smile. Many wear a mouthguard for teeth grinding and a mouthguard for sleeping. But there are so many other great reasons to wear dental night guard regularly. Whether you have TMJ disorder, bruxism, or looking for your next health habit, a night guard may be the right choice for you. Here are five ways a night guard can keep your overall health in tip-top shape.

PREVENT HEADACHES AND FACIAL PAIN

A proper night guard, preferably a custom dental night guard, will adjust your bite to be well-balanced. This effect will allow your jaw muscles to relax for better rest—many patients who wear one report that they feel more rested upon awakening. Night guards can dramatically improve the quality of life in those who suffer from TMD (temporomandibular disorders). They report fewer headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and facial pain.

PREVENT SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA

Excessive snoring and sleep apnea can usually be traced back to a dental or oral issue. So, the best mode of treatment is to use dental or oral devices. With plenty of dental device options, Dr. Jessica Tasios of Ora Dental can recommend one right for you.

The mandibular advancement device has been widely successful in treating sleep apnea successfully. It is one of the most popular dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. Much like a sports mouthguard in appearance, the device gently encourages the bottom jaw to lower and shift forward. This helps to open the airway and improve breathing, thus preventing sleep apnea.

IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SLEEP

Night guards minimize grinding and clenching to maximize comfort, thus improving your sleep patterns and giving you a better night’s sleep! A night guard will secure your jaw at its optimal position to promote deeper muscle relaxation. When these muscles are relaxed, stress is reduced, and sleep is more efficient.

PREVENT TEETH FROM SHIFTING

Teeth may seem permanently fixed, but they are prone to drift. With the regular use of a night guard, teeth are kept in place, preventing movement – much like a retainer. Older patient patients with bone loss or those with periodontal disease can rely on a night guard to keep teeth immobile, deaccelerating tooth loss.

SAVE MONEY

Without a night guard, frequent grinding and clenching of the teeth and jaw can cause chipped teeth, damaged fillings, and excessive corrosion. Over the years, this type of damage can be very costly or even irreversible. With a night guard, your teeth are protected now and down the road.

Dentist Night Guard vs. Over-the-Counter

Drugstore night guards don’t always get the job done right. It’s best to work with a dentist to customize one to your unique needs with impressions. Depending on your anatomy and condition, your night guard’s material, shape, and positioning will be altered to fit you exactly. Your dentist will take an impression of your smile and send it to a lab for fabrication.

DENTIST NIGHT GUARD COSTS

Wondering, “How much does a dentist night guard cost?” You may be surprised to know that the cost of a night guard is affordable. Contact us to get a price estimation. Improve your overall health with a custom dentist night guard today. Call us at 416-751-8400 to schedule your consultation.

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