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Protect Your Smile While You Sleep: Night Guards at Dental Smiles of Joliet

At Dental Smiles of Joliet, we understand the importance of a good night's sleep for your overall health and well-being. However, nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can disrupt your sleep and damage your teeth. Night guards offer a comfortable and effective solution to protect your smile while you sleep.

What are Night Guards?

Night guards are custom-made mouthpieces worn at night to cushion and protect your teeth from the harmful effects of bruxism. They are typically made from a clear, flexible material that fits comfortably over your upper or lower teeth.

Benefits of Night Guards

  • Prevents teeth grinding and clenching: Night guards create a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding or clenching together.
  • Reduces jaw pain and headaches: Bruxism can cause jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort. Night guards can help alleviate these symptoms by reducing muscle tension.
  • Protects teeth from wear and tear: Over time, bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to chipping, cracking, and sensitivity. Night guards absorb the pressure of grinding, protecting your teeth.
  • Improves sleep quality: Bruxism can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue. Night guards can promote a more restful sleep by reducing grinding noises and preventing muscle tension.

Types of Night Guards

  • Hard Night Guards: These offer the most protection against wear and tear but may feel less comfortable for some patients.
  • Soft Night Guards: These are more flexible and comfortable but may not be as durable as hard Night guards.
  • Combination Night Guards: These combine a hard outer shell for protection with a softer inner layer for comfort.

How to Get a Night Guards

  • Consultation: We will discuss your symptoms, sleep habits, and overall oral health to determine if a night guards is right for you.
  • Impressions: We will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made night guards that fits comfortably and effectively.
  • Fitting and adjustment: Once your night guard is ready, we will ensure it fits properly and make any necessary adjustments.

Caring for Your Night Guard

  • Rinse your night guard with clean water after each use.
  • Brush your night guard gently with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Store your night guard in a clean, dry case when not in use.
  • Bring your night guard to your regular dental appointments for cleaning and inspection.

Invest in a Restful Night and a Healthy Smile

Night guards offer a valuable solution to protect your teeth from bruxism and ensure a good night's sleep. At Dental Smiles of Joliet, we are committed to providing personalized care and helping you achieve optimal oral health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how night guards can benefit you.

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