Archie Dental Group
Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Elk Grove, CA
A nighttime retainer or night guard helps preserve orthodontic work and prevent teeth grinding, which can cause morning headaches and long-term tooth damage. At Archie Dental Group in Elk Grove, California, Thaddous Archie, DDS, and the team can evaluate your smile to determine if you would benefit from a custom night guard. Call the office or book an appointment using the online tool to have your smile evaluated today.
Night Guard Q&A
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a custom-made appliance that you wear at night to protect your teeth. Instead of over-the-counter mouthguards you purchase at your local drugstore, a custom night guard is designed just for you.
Generic guards are often ineffective, as they can slip and be uncomfortable. So instead, the team at Archie Dental Group takes an impression of your mouth and has your night guard manufactured to fit you precisely.
Why would I need a night guard?
People wear night guards for two primary reasons:
Maintain an aligned smile
You may benefit from a night guard or nighttime retainer even if you haven’t had a specific orthodontic procedure. Commonly, a nighttime retainer is of value when you’ve had your teeth straightened with the help of braces or clear aligners.
Even though your teeth have been encouraged to move into a new, more aesthetically pleasing, and functional position, they tend to drift back out of alignment without a nighttime retainer. A nighttime retainer is a completion of your orthodontic treatment.
Prevent teeth grinding
People who grind their teeth at night — a condition called bruxism — benefit from a night guard. If you grind your teeth at night, you may wake in the morning with tooth pain, headaches, or jaw soreness.
Grinding can wear down your teeth’s natural structure and make them extra sensitive. In severe cases, bruxism causes broken or cracked teeth and long-term damage to the structure of the jaw.
A night guard relieves your pain, relaxes your jaw, and reduces teeth damage from bruxism.
What are the other benefits of a night guard?
A night guard can preserve your future dental health. For example, if you wear a nighttime retainer to maintain the positive effects of orthodontic work, you can avoid expensive repairs later when your teeth inevitably shift.
A night guard helps people with conditions like bruxism minimize the potential of experiencing tooth damage due to the wearing away of enamel.
A night guard also saves you the hassle of extra dental appointments, missed work, and unnecessary expenses.
Call Archie Dental Group or schedule a consultation online today to find out if you’d benefit from a night guard or retainer.
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