Hustle and Grind

Hustle and Grind

Yesterday we established that there is a definite increase in people grinding and clenching their teeth.

I believe it’s from the increased pressure people are feeling from the pandemic.

Now, the next question is, how do we protect our teeth?

Night guards are a protective appliance that goes over your teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Some night guards are uncomfortable and bulky. People will buy their night guards at their pharmacy or at the local grocery store and then they’ll report to me that they are unable to wear it because it’s uncomfortable.

One reason these store-bought night guards may be uncomfortable is because all your teeth aren’t touching evenly when you close. The right side and the left side of your mouth must bite on the night guard with the exact amount of pressure, for a proper fit.

For example, hitting on the right side of your night guard with greater force than on the left side will cause increased muscle tension and sometimes headaches. Making your TMJ symptoms feel worse than before.

Therefore, the only way to get a well fitting night guard is by having a completely customized one made only for your mouth.

Making a night guard is pretty easy at the office.

At your appointment, we’ll digitally scan your upper and lower teeth. Then we’ll have a lab make you a well fitted, comfortable night guard, that will help you with your grinding and clenching.

If you are grinding or clenching your teeth and would like to get a custom night guard, please visit us at or call 773-292-1911 to set up your appointment.

Floss like a madman!Emilio “When Your Bite Is Right” Couret

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