Nightguard | Dentists Grand Rapids, MI
If you have problems with grinding your teeth (bruxism), you should call our Grand Rapids family dentists before you develop more oral health problems. Side effects of teeth grinding include worn teeth, jaw pain, and irritated gums. If our Grand Rapids dentists spot any of these signs, you may be asked about teeth grinding and whether you would be willing to wear a night guard. While night guards take some getting used to, it’s worth protecting your smile against nighttime teeth grinding.
What to Expect at Our Office
Your night guard will be fitted to the exact shape of your teeth for the best level of protection and comfort. During your first appointment with us, our family dentists will take impressions of your teeth to send to our dental lab. When you come back for your next appointment, we’ll have your new night guard ready for you. Our dentists will also make sure that the fit of the night guard allows you to breathe normally.
How Night Guards Work
Night guards are similar to the mouth guards athletes wear for contact sports. However, instead of wearing them on the football field or hockey rink, you wear night guards while asleep in bed. A nighttime teeth grinding guard will prevent further damage to your smile so you don’t wear down precious tooth enamel.
Night guards prevent sleep bruxism by providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. That way, when you clench your jaw you’ll be biting down on the protective material and not your teeth.
Donald VanderLinde DDS and Alexandra Dodds DDS have dedicated their careers to providing patients with the highest level of dental care through quality dental services. If you are interested in learning if night guards can help you with nighttime teeth grinding, give our Grand Rapids dentists call at (616) 245-3205.