These trays should be viewed as an investment for your health as they provide a variety of benefits and solutions for oral problems that you may not even realize you have. Mouth guards are typically inserted on the maxillary (top) arch of the mouth and help prevent grinding, trauma, and any unnecessary pressure or wear on your teeth.
Occlusal guards (“nightguards”) are a great solution for people who clench or grind their teeth, oftentimes during sleep. You may not realize that you are grinding your teeth, but Dr. Salehezadeh can usually tell you’re a bruxer by looking at the wear patterns on your teeth. Other symptoms of bruxism (“grinding”) are waking up with dull headaches, jaw soreness, facial pain, or fatigue from lack of sleep due to grinding. A nightguard can also stop the erosion of restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.) caused by bruxism. If you are planning to have new restorations placed on your teeth, don’t be surprised to hear Dr. S advise a nightguard to protect your investments.