Frequently Asked Questions
- Protects your teeth
- Reduces the strain on jaw muscles
- Reduces discomfort
- Reduces Temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ)
- Relieves headaches
- Protects your pre-existing dental work.
- Sometimes using a night guard can worsen TMJ problems or cause additional symptoms.
- It may causes displacement or misalignment of the teeth.
- Rarely, repeated or incorrect usage might cause tooth movement or misalignment.
Allergic responses: If a person is allergic or sensitive to a specific chemical, they may experience allergic responses. There may be signs, including swelling, redness, or breathing problems.
Adjustments and discomfort: Wearing a sleep guard could make your mouth feel tight or uncomfortable.
Assess your dental health, check the fit and efficiency of your night guard, and discuss any potential issues with your dentist.
Night guards with dentures: It usually isn’t necessary to use a guard if you have dentures. Your dentist may suggest a particular splint for protection if you still have any natural teeth prone to grinding.
Night guards for children: The general opinion is that young children should not wear night guards, especially those with baby teeth. Children’s teeth grinding is frequently a passing phase that goes away independently. However, speaking with a pediatric dentist if you have any worries is preferable.
They are primarily intended for use at night while you sleep. While it could be tempting to wear it all day to provide more protection or comfort, doing so is typically not advised. This is why:
- Jaw muscles get tired and hurt.
- It may interfere with your capacity for clear speech.
- It could obstruct the mouth’s normal airflow and saliva flow. Maintaining oral hygiene requires the proper functioning of saliva. It can be blocked and trapped, which promotes bacterial development and raises the possibility of oral health problems.
- It may put too much strain on the joint that links the jawbone to the skull, resulting in TMJ issues and discomfort.