The purpose of a night guard is to prevent the clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth when sleeping. Something extremely common and ever-prevalent today. Caused by a variety of elements, stress, subconscious habits, anxiety, snoring and an abnormal bite are just a few amongst a wide range of reasons behind the phenomenon.
This is where the saving grace of a night guard comes in, creating a barrier between the teeth and thus allowing the jaw to relax & not to be clenched, and the teeth not to be ground. It’s something that has great value, and as inconvenient as it may feel initially, once you’ve developed the habit of sleeping with it in, it will feel wrong falling asleep without it!
Signs that you might need a night guard include waking up with facial pain or headaches, feeling fatigued and experiencing jaw soreness. If you suspect you may be clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth and have experienced some of these symptoms, get in touch and let us show you how we can help you.