Custom Nightguards & Athletic Mouthguards
Your enamel is the strongest substance in your body, and because you need your teeth for chewing meat, grains, and crunchy vegetables, it can withstand a lot of force. However, nothing is indestructible. When your tooth enamel meets opposing tooth enamel or when you have trauma to your teeth, problems and breakdown can occur.
Clenching and Teeth Grinding
Millions of Americans clench and grind their teeth. This unconscious habit can come from being under stress, having a certain type of personality, or even from taking certain medications. In other cases, teeth grinding can have a biological origin, such as a misaligned bite or problems with your jaw.
Many patients are not even aware of their clenching or grinding habit unless a partner tells them they grind in their sleep or if we see the signs during a comprehensive examination. Some of the signs of clenching or teeth grinding include:
- Bite marks inside your cheeks
- Wear on your teeth
- Gum recession
- Neck aches
- Jaw pain and swelling
- Locking jaws
When you grind or clench your teeth, you can cause them to wear, chip, or even split. Such damage can be painful and costly. At Alliance Dental, Dr. Spaska Malaric may recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth and jaws.
Protective Custom Nightguards
Nightguards are generally made of an acrylic foundation and separate your upper teeth from your lower teeth with the acrylic barrier. A custom nightguard, which you can only receive from your dentist, is far superior to over-the-counter brands for a number of reasons:
Custom fit – Having a custom nightguard means that it will fit securely on your teeth and is unlikely to come out while you sleep. It will also feel less bulky because it is designed just for you.