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If you are unknowingly clenching your teeth at night, you suffer from a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which individuals grind or clench their teeth, causing damage to the teeth. Many people do this unknowingly at night. If you are one of these individuals, you may be looking for a way to treat your condition. Nightguard for bruxism at Hosaka Dental in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is one of the best treatment options for this condition. Read on to get answers to some of the questions you may have about nightguards and bruxism.
A nightguard is very similar to the plastic trays worn when whitening teeth or the Invisalign trays. Nightguards are plastic trays customized to your teeth’ shape and size. They may be worn on the top row of teeth, the bottom row of teeth, or both rows of teeth.
A nightguard is one of the most effective ways to protect your teeth if you suffer from bruxism. This is because the guards help to cover your teeth, ensuring that you cannot grind your teeth together. This prevents any damage from occurring to your teeth. While the primary point of the guards is to keep your teeth from touching, some people naturally break the habit of grinding their teeth while they sleep if they wear these guards for an extended period.
While you can order nightguards and attempt to mold the guards yourself, it is strongly recommended that you work with a dentist to get custom-made nightguards that perfectly fit your teeth. Custom guards offer maximum protection for your teeth if you suffer from clenching teeth at night.