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Bruxism a fancy term for chronic teeth grinding. This grinding is unconscious and usually happens while you sleep. While this is often a side effect of unresolved stress, it may also be due to allergy issues or other medical complications. Regardless of the underlying source, it is not something to ignore.

If you do ignore the problem, it’s possible that you may cause a chip or dental fracture, even if it is a small one. You may also discover that your teeth are more cavity-prone due to your worn enamel. It may also create muscular tension and potential inflammation in the temporomandibular joints, leading to what is known as TMJ disorder. If you have braces, you can also protect them from any possible damage.

If you discover that you are grinding your teeth, you should strongly consider sleeping with a night guard – especially if you have braces. This is a simple, clear, removable mouthpiece made from a special soft-plastic material. It will cushion your teeth and allow a mild amount of slip, preventing your tooth enamel from fractures and reducing tension in the temporomandibular joints.

If you find that the dental guards sold in stores feel uncomfortable or awkward in your mouth, call Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics Las Vegas, Nevada clinic at 702-243-3300 to ask about a custom night guard. Dr. R. Cree Hamilton can provide you with a high-quality dental guard that is custom shaped to match your unique bite pattern.