Nightguards and Occlusal Guards Orange County

Ivan Ho, DDS, Smile Transformation Specialist

Expert restorative dentist Ivan Ho will prepare a custom, comfortable nightguards and occlusal guards to minimize the impact of teeth grinding and preserve your dental health.

Eliminate, headaches, jaw pain, and damage to your teeth from grinding and clenching

Do you frequently have headaches, jaw pain, and often wake with a sore jaw or tooth? If yes, then it may be because of excessive tooth grinding or jaw clenching during sleep. Scientifically known as bruxism, teeth grinding is one of the most common causes of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) and excessive tooth wear – and it is much more common than you would think. The solution? custom made nightguards and occlusal guards.

Most patients who have bruxism are often entirely unaware of their habit. Often, they come to know about it from their spouses – who are awakened from sleep because of the clicking and grinding sounds they make while they sleep.

In addition to being painful and uncomfortable, bruxism will also grind down your teeth very quickly– even the crowns and bridges – resulting in premature failure or dislodgement.

A Custom Nightguard Can Eliminate Bruxism and Comfortably Relax Your Jaw

Although bruxism is extremely dangerous for your teeth, you can minimize its damaging effects with custom nightguards and occlusal guards. Orange County Dentist Ivan Ho has successfully assisted hundreds of bruxism patients with a simple nightguard.

A nightguard, also known as an “occlusal guard”, is designed to perfectly conform to your teeth – creating a seamless feel. Generally placed on the lower jaw, the nightguard acts as a protective barrier between your teeth, preventing excessive wear and fracturing. Nightguards and occlusal guards are similar to mouthguard; they offer protection against tooth grinding. However, they are less bulky than mouthguards .

[ Pictures coming soon: Bruxism caused excessive wearing of the front teeth of this patient. After Dr. Ivan Ho restored his teeth to normal size with crowns and veneers, he prepared a custom nightguard to ensure that his new teeth are not damaged].

In addition to jaw pain, bruxism can also damage the teeth, resulting in problems such as cracks, fissures, chipping, and, most importantly – weakening and removal of protective tooth enamel – leading to tooth sensitivity.