Most people clench and grind their teeth when they sleep (most people actually have no clue that they do this). This grinding can exert tremendous force upon the teeth causing receding gums, severe wearing down of the teeth, sore jaw muscles, TMJ joint problems, and breaking of teeth. Nightguards buffer these extreme forces, balance the bite, and shield the teeth from damage.
Nightguards are removable dental appliances molded to fit the upper teeth that are worn when sleeping.
Although this destructive nocturnal grinding and clenching is exacerbated by stress, it is a natural occurrence, uncontrollable and involuntary. Once the hard enamel outer surface of the teeth has been worn down, the destruction occurs even more rapidly. Only quality, professionally made nightguards should be used to ensure the precision needed for proper jaw joint stability, optimal comfort, teeth protection, and prevent unintended teeth migration.