A night guard can be beneficial for patients diagnosed with bruxism a condition known as excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. A night guard is recommended as a way to prevent early wear and pain resulting from teeth grinding. Our dentist can assist you in determining which of the various night guard options is best for you. Night guards vary in thickness and materials, depending on the intensity of the grinding. All night guards are custom-made for each patient in order to obtain a proper and comfortable fit. Daytime guards are also available for patients whose bruxism is not limited to night time.
In addition, they can help with severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain. A night guard will protect your dental restorations from the effects of bruxism. For those who have crowns, bridges, implants and dentures, a night guard is highly recommended to offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit that occurs during sleep.
Mouth guards are fabricated to protect teeth from excessive wear or damage. Mouth guards are often used by athletes active in sports. They may also be needed to help protect people with braces or extensive dental treatment. Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
While a number of types mouth guards are available, a custom-fitted mouth guard is considered the best option because it’s designed to fit your mouth perfectly. Custom-fitted mouth guards are made by your dentist by taking an impression of your teeth.
Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure that is completed to change the shade of your natural tooth enamel. Having brighter teeth and a glowing smile has now become the number one aesthetic concern for patients today. Whitening can be done at home or in-office.
Reasons to whiten your teeth:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during early tooth development)
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow teeth due to age or normal wear
- Stains from tea, red wine, coffee, or smoking
In addition to our tooth whitening procedures, our office can also provide you alternative restorative solutions such as veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and tooth-colored fillings to achieve your aesthetic goals.