This item has many names: bite guard, night guard, occlusal guard, mouth guard, etc. It comes in different types of materials and different thickness. The goal of a bite guard is something most of us want: To keep our teeth and dental work from breaking!
Most adults grind or clench their teeth nowadays. It happens when we are not aware, day or night. Some people may wake up with soreness in their cheeks or headaches. Grinding and clenching can be at an all time high when under stress. Some people do not even realize they have those symptoms because when we are under stress we are the last person to take care of.
A bite guard is worn at night but can also be worn during the day, and can provide some type of relaxation as well. Depending on the type of material, a bite guard can serve as retainer. Teeth shift thorough out life, and this devise can keep them from moving.
Now that we are living longer, we want to keep our own teeth as long as possible and we do not want to think about implants or dentures. A bite guard can prevent breakage, wear AND can save you time and money by avoiding fractures in your teeth.
If you have been recommended a bite guard it’s because there are evidences of grinding or clenching.
For more information about bite guards please call Alamo Dentist Aminda Modrell DDS (925) 201-6876