Teeth grinding, or ‘bruxism’, is an issue that affects millions of Americans. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can be harmful to your dental health, causing flattening of the teeth and loss of enamel, which can lead to cavities. Thankfully dental technology has come a long way and we now have a wide variety of teeth grinding guards to protect your pearly whites while you sleep.
What if You Need a Retainer?
This is great news for most sufferers but what if, like many Americans, you also wear a retainer at night? We are often asked this question by our customers. No one wants to have to choose between keeping their smile white and protecting their teeth from grinding. The good news is that you don’t have to. With our wide variety of teeth grinding and retainer solutions, there are two options for sufferers of bruxism who also need to protect their teeth alignment.
Essix Plus Retainers
The first port of call for teeth grinders who need a retainer is trying an Essix Plus retainer. The new Essix plus material is much more wear-resistant than the standard Essix material. Essix plus retainers will be able to take moderate teeth grinding without wearing through and needing regular replacement.
Essix Plus retainers from SportingSmiles offers the best of both worlds when it comes to keeping your alignment and protecting your teeth from the damage associated with teeth grinding.
The beauty of this solution is that you don’t need to purchase two products or make a choice between protecting your enamel or your alignment. Unfortunately, if you are a heavy teeth grinder you will have to explore other options.
Hard Night Guard and a Retainer
The primary function of a nightguard is to protect the teeth from grinding\clenching. However, hard night guards can also help to keep the teeth in place and protect alignment. A hard night guard will not work as well as retainers do to prevent the teeth from shifting, but it is certainly better than nothing. We recommend getting both a hard night guard and retainers if you are serious about preserving your smile. That way you can alternate between your night guard and your retainers. You can wear the night guard most nights, but you will want to wear the retainers a couple of nights a week. This will ensure that your teeth are not shifting significantly while preventing your teeth from grinding from wearing through your retainers.
Identifying your level of teeth grinding will be essential to choosing the right solution for your needs. Your dentist should be able to diagnose your grinding level with a quick checkup. Once you know which solution you will need, our team is ready and waiting to help you. You can rest easy knowing that both your teeth alignment and enamel are protected. If you have any further questions about how best to treat your bruxism, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or at 262-290-2396