If you wake up with sore or stiff jaw, or have teeth sensitive to hot or cold, it could be a sign of you grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. Grinding your teeth is a condition called ‘bruxism’, and can in time wear away your tooth enamel. Studies suggest that those who suffer from bruxism experience up to 80 percent more wear on their teeth than people who do not.
A night guard is a clear, removable device custom-made to fit over your upper and lower teeth to reduce the effects of bruxism while you sleep. In addition to relieving jaw, neck, head, and shoulder pain, it can help protect your existing teeth and dental restorations. Those who have crowns, implants, bridges, or dentures are highly recommended to wear night guards.