Bruxism also known as teeth grinding and clenching is quite common among adults. Typically, we clench during moments of stress such as sudden traffic stops or bench pressing at the gym. However, grinding our teeth for long periods of time like overnight when we sleep can actually damage our teeth, muscles, and joints. A nightguard can help to relieve bruxism, not only by preventing your teeth from coming together but also relaxing your muscles as you rest so that they are less likely to tense during the day.
Nightguards are typically designed with a soft inner lining that rests comfortably against teeth and gums and a hard more durable outer layer that protects your teeth. They can be customized by a dental laboratory or purchased over the counter and molded at home. Headaches and tooth sensitivity are common signs of bruxism. However, grinding may also be linked to breathing problems or another medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns about bruxism with your dentist or physician.