Whether it happens during the day or while you’re asleep, teeth grinding and clenching is typically the result of too much stress. It’s something that also occurs more often in some personality types than others.
Night Guards Overview
Many of our patients who grind their teeth turn to night guards to protect from damage. Night guards go beyond stopping wear on your teeth, because easing the grinding action also relieves tension and can improve symptoms like headaches.
Night guards provide relief for:
How Night Guards Work
Night guards work primarily by blocking contact between your upper and lower teeth. This buffer helps to cushion your teeth, prevent wear, and discourage clenching.
What to Expect
When you visit Trü Orthodontics Fairfax for a night guard, we’ll start with an examination. This includes a scan with our iTero digital scanner that provides an accurate map of your teeth and gums. We can 3D print your night guard onsite for a flawless and comfortable fit. You can wear a night guard as often as you need to relieve grinding and clenching, simply ensure you keep it clean and free of bacteria.
Your Best Choice for Night Guards
We use advanced 3D scanning that eliminates the mess and discomfort of traditional mold-taking. This achieves the best possible treatment plan and fit for your night guard.
Focus on Education
Our role is to help you understand the “why” behind the importance of protecting your teeth from grinding. Every patient should feel like they are a part of the process.
With 5 board-certified orthodontists and 4 convenient locations in Northern Virginia, we’ve made it easy for you to obtain the friendly, positive care you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Grinding your teeth can increase sensitivity and even alter your bite by wearing down your enamel over time. Pressure and shifting can lead to cracks, chips, loosening of teeth, or fracturing. Beyond just your teeth, grinding can also cause jaw pain and headaches.
While it can be tempting to use a night guard during the day, because it is designed to be worn during sleep and is generally not recommended unless advised by a dentist or other healthcare professional.
Insurance coverage for night guards can vary depending on the specific insurance plan and policy. Some dental insurance plans may provide coverage for night guards if they are deemed medically necessary to address teeth grinding or related issues. However, it’s important to note that not all insurance plans cover night guards, or they may have specific limitations and requirements for coverage. In the event that your insurance does not cover the cost of a night guard. To assist our patients in such cases, we provide various financial options to help cover the cost of a night guard.
We offer a wide range of financing options to accommodate both insured and uninsured patients. These options include discounts for those without insurance, monthly promotions, and extended payment plans through our trusted third-party agency, Cherry. We strive to provide flexible and accessible payment solutions to make orthodontic treatment more affordable for everyone.