Over 1/3 of parents report signs of teeth grinding in their children and it’s estimated that 8% of adults grind their teeth at night. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can weaken your teeth and affect the aesthetics of your smile. Thankfully, at Framingham Family Dental Care, we offer nightguards to protect your smile when you need it most. It’s almost impossible to train yourself to stop grinding, and that’s were our custom-made nightguards come in handy!
Bruxism is a condition in which patients who are affected grind or clench their teeth. It’s possible that you may consciously clench your teeth while awake, but most patients experience bruxism in the form of grinding while sleeping. Because nighttime grinding is considered a sleep disorder, patients who have bruxism are more likely to have other disorders like sleep apnea. If left untreated, extra pressure and wear will eventually weaken your teeth to the point of chips, cracks and other damage.
While it can be hard to tell if you’re grinding at night, you may experience some of these common symptoms:
Once we’ve decided that you’re affected by bruxism, we’ll recommend treatment with a nightguard. First, your dentist in Framingham will take models and digital impressions of your teeth, which are sent to a high-tech dental lab. You’ll leave our office and wait about 2 weeks for your nightguard to be made. Our nightguards are made out of high quality, clear plastic. After, you’ll come back in, where we will ensure the comfort, fit, and effectiveness of your nightguard. In just 2 easy appointments, you can receive a personalized treatment for protecting your smile.
We offer custom-made nightguards because they can provide our patients with comfort and protection. There are products that you can buy in-store that claim they can do the same job. However, our professional nightguards not only last years longer than store bought solutions, but they also protect your teeth more effectively. The best part is, we can monitor your teeth and your nightguard as time goes on to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your treatment.
If it sounds like you could benefit from a nightguard in Framingham, or you think you may suffer from bruxism, contact our office today to get started on your personalized treatment!