What does a night guard do?
Night guards are used to protect the teeth and muscles from the damaging forces of clenching and grinding. Frequent clenching and grinding not only wears down the teeth, but can also cause problems to the TMJ. Night guards are then used to help diagnose and treat some TMJ problems. If you have spent a great deal of money on your teeth, it is wise to get a night guard if you clench or grind because you are only damaging your investment.
What if I use a store bought night guard?
These will help protect the teeth from grinding, but often don’t last long and are not custom fit to the teeth and situation. Not every patient is the same in their needs for a night guard, and custom night guard is designed to treat that patient’s specific problems.