This is a usually a hard plastic acrylic appliance, fitted by the dentist to cover the surfaces of either your upper or lower teeth. It is generally used for night-time wear, and can help alleviate the symptoms of T.M.J. pain, which is often made worse by a person clenching and grinding their teeth at night.
Why Do We Grind and Clench Our Teeth?
Grinding and clenching ones teeth frequently indicates that the jaws are not sitting comfortably together.
While asleep we move the jaws around in an attempt to fit them together correctly;
hence the 'Grinding'.
Clicking or locking jaws
Headaches – including Migraines
Limited jaw opening
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
Eye pain and light sensitivity
Pain around the head and face
Neck and shoulder problems
Treatments for Teeth Grinding Habit:
Orthodontic treatment can help realign the jaws properly, thus curing this destructive habit, and alleviating the symptoms that go with it.
Specific exercises used in our Myofunctional Program help relax the muscles of the jaws, face and neck and have been shown to greatly alleviate:
- Jaw Joint Problems
- Tooth Grinding
- Sleep Apnoea
Please see section on Jaw Joint Problems for further information.