Nightguards are made out of a hard, smooth acrylic that is comfortable for your soft tissues but firm enough to stay put through intense clenching or grinding.
Another solution for bruxism is a custom-made nightguard. Unlike the NTI, a nightguard covers the entire arch to form a protective barrier between your upper and lower jaws.
Headache Prevention and Bruxism
Do you find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth when you're stressed? What about when you're asleep? Night-time teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause extensive strain on the teeth and jaw muscles, and most people don't even know they're doing it. If your jaw feels sore when you first wake up or if you're experiencing chronic, dull headaches throughout the day, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth at night.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, don't hesitate to make an appointment with our team in Arlington, VA. We will carry out a quick and pain-free examination to determine any signs of teeth grinding or jaw clenching, and find you a suitable solution to manage this issue.
One of the best solutions is the NTI device. A traditional nightguard covers either your upper arch or lower arch and prevents your enamel from breaking down, it doesn't stop bruxism itself. Whereas, the NTI device is a small and comfortable FDA-approved mouthpiece that fits securely on either your upper or lower front teeth while you sleep. By creating exclusive contact between your incisors (the 8 teeth in the front of your mouth with straight edges), the NTI prevents your molars from touching and stops your pain at its source, and teaches you to relax your jaw.