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Bruxism & Night Guards Fairfax, VA 

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. The noise from nighttime teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism.  If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.

Night Guards From Your Fairfax Orthodontist

If you grind your teeth, you should consider a night guard from My Braces Doctor. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted by your Fairfax, VA orthodontist for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your orthodontist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. 

If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, a nightguard from My Braces Doctor can help protect your teeth. Call our Fairfax, VA office today at (703) 877-0990 to learn more about our custom nightguards or to schedule an appointment.

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