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Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can lead to a series of problems including chips and fractures in the biting surface of your teeth. Chronic night grinding is also one of the leading causes of TMJ disorder. If you grind your teeth at night, you should talk to your dentist about being fitted for a custom night guard.

These units are custom fitted to your teeth and natural bite pattern. This allows it to hold firm to the teeth yet feel comfortable, which encourages regular use. They also allow your top and bottom jaw to slip over each other, thus reducing the tension in jaw muscles. Many dentists and orthodontists prescribe custom night guards as a treatment option for TMJ disorder

Regular maintenance will extend the life of your custom night guard. You should rinse it each morning with a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. If there is any noticeable bacterial buildup in the mouth trays, you should brush it using a nonabrasive toothpaste.

When you’re not wearing your custom night guard you should store it in a cool, dark, dry place in the case provided. If it suffers any wear and tear, bring it with you at your next checkup and the dentist can determine the best solution.

If you have questions about a custom night guard or you would like to be fitted for a custom night, please feel free to call us at 714-557-0882 to schedule an appointment. Our dentists in Santa Ana California would be happy to assist you.