Night Guard

Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

If you have worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth due to teeth grinding while you sleep, a night guard might save your teeth. Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, and the team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna, Virginia, can create a custom night guard just for you. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Night Guard

Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is also known as teeth grinding. Patients who grind their teeth often do so while asleep. However, you may grind your teeth at nearly any time without realizing it until you notice the damage to your teeth.

What is the cause of bruxism?

There are several possible causes of bruxism. If you grind your teeth only at night, stress or anxiety is the most likely the cause. However, if your upper and lower teeth aren't properly aligned, bruxism can happen even if you don't have any stress or anxiety. If this is the case, you may need orthodontic correction in addition to behavioral changes, a night guard, or other customized solutions.

What are the effects of bruxism?

Teeth grinding can cause a number of issues, including:

  • Pain or a dull ache in your jaw
  • Chronic headaches
  • Cracks in your teeth
  • Loss of tooth structure

If you notice the symptoms above, you may be grinding your teeth at night without realizing it. See your dentist to discuss your symptoms. If you're diagnosed with bruxism or even just with chronic teeth clenching, a night guard can help.

What is a night guard?

A night guard is a plastic oral appliance that you wear while you're sleeping. Your night guard will prevent your teeth from touching, thus preventing considerable damage to your mouth and health overall.

If you need a night guard, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth so he can create a custom night guard that will fit your mouth perfectly.

If daytime teeth grinding is a problem for you, you might need a mouth guard that’s designed for around-the-clock wear, braces, behavioral therapy, or a combination thereof.

What are the options for night guards?

There are three general categories of night guards: soft, medium, and hard.

  • Soft: Soft is for if you clench your teeth, or if you grind your teeth only lightly.
  • Medium: Medium is for if you grind your teeth a moderate amount.
  • Hard: Hard is for if you grind your teeth aggressively and have tooth damage.

The soft and medium night guards are a flexible plastic. The soft guard has a moderate amount of padding, and the medium guard has a larger amount of padding. Hard night guards are made of hard plastic, which is impossible to grind through. While hard night guards are the least comfortable of the three options, they offer the highest level of protection for your teeth.

Do you need a custom night guard to protect your teeth? If so, schedule an appointment with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry online or over the phone today.