20 Percent Of Americans Grind Their Teeth At Night; Do You?

Banner_1While there are various reports suggesting that between 8 percent and 31 percent of Americans grind their teeth at night, the accepted percentage usually sits right at 20. There is a good chance that you, too, are a member of this group. Involuntary grinding of the teeth – also known as Bruxism – is frequently accompanied with moderate to excessive clenching of the jaw in between episodes.

Tell-tale signs that you are a sufferer include headaches in the morning, jaw muscles that hurt for no reason and heavily worn dental surfaces. If you have crowns or fillings installed in your back teeth, you may have noticed that they frequently break or wear out. While there is some evidence that suggests Bruxism is a hereditary condition, there are also some studies that suggest a connection between nightly teeth grinding and stress.

To counteract the damaging wear on your teeth, SportingSmiles offers you a choice of four different types of grinding guards:

  1. Soft night guard. Made of 3mm of flexible material, this type of night guard is comfortable and soft. If you clench your teeth more than you grind them, this guard is for you.
  2. Single layer hard night guard. We have incorporated 1mm of a denser protective material to minimize the size of this grinding guard. If you clench your jaw but only grind your teeth moderately – and if you want a grinding guard that feels the most comfortable – try this model for nightly use.
  3. Dual laminate night guard. This guard combines 1mm of soft core material and a 2mm strip of a shell-like exterior. If your clenching is moderate but you severely grind your teeth, this guard prevents the motion from destroying the material.
  4. Hard flexible night guard. Made of 3mm of highly-dense materials, the guard is somewhat flexible and extremely durable. When you suffer from strong clenching as well as severe night grinding, this is the most effective guard to protect your teeth while being comfortable enough for nightly wear.

Contact us today to order your set of impression materials. We will build your night guard to order and ship it to you immediately upon completion of the manufacturing process. Is it not time that you protect your teeth from the damage caused by night grinding?

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How To Take A Dental Impression.

SportingSmiles Impression Kit
SportingSmiles Impression Kit

Brush your teeth and make sure your hands are clean.

Adjust the dental tray to the size of your mouth. They are adjustable in width by pulling the two halves of the tray apart. The tray can also be made smaller by snapping off a section(s) of the plastic in the rear of the impression tray. Your teeth should be centered in the tray.

Vigorously mix both parts (A & B) of impression material together until a uniform color is reached. This step is time sensitive and should be done as quickly as possible (about 20 sec).

The impression material should then be rolled into a 4 to 5 inch tube.

Place impression material uniformly into the tray and firmly push onto your teeth. Confirm that the teeth are evenly settled in the impression material.

It will take about 4 minutes for the material to fully harden. During this time you want to move as little as possible. After 4 minutes the material should feel firm to the touch and the impression can be removed.

Remove tray in a single motion, by pulling either up or down.

Rinse tray and seal in enclosed bag.

If you have any questions about your impression you can email a photo to Info@SportingSmiles.com


Do I Grind My Teeth When Sleeping?

Most people are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. Teeth grinding is also know by the medical term of Bruxism and  studies have shown that up to 25% of all people grind or clench their teeth in one way or another.

The 3 main symptoms of teeth grinding are.

  1. Worn Teeth: You or your dentist might notice that you have flat spots or have cracked teeth.
  2. Audible Detection: Your sleep partner may hear your teeth grinding or clenching while sleeping
  3. Jaw Pain: Pain/soreness might be felt in the jaw muscles especially after waking up.

There can be other symptoms to help diagnose if you grind your teeth. If you are concerned we recommend visiting your dentist to get a professional recommendation. Typically the first treatment for teeth grinding will be a night guard that is worn while sleeping.  There are a few different types of night guards available. Some of the materials work better than others depending on whether you are grinding or clenching. The harder materials tend to work better for teeth grinding, while the softer materials work better for teeth clenching.  SportingSmiles makes a hard flexible that is designed for both.

If you suspect that you might have Bruxism you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Once the teeth are worn away, there is no way for them to repair themselves.

How To Prevent Clear Essix Retainer From Breaking

Clear Essix style retainers are fragile and can crack when not cared for properly.  With proper care retainers can last many years. Here is a list of steps that can help prolong the life span of your dental retainers.

1. Removing: When removing your retainers, use both hands and pull the retainers off the teeth. When the retainers twist they can break.

2. Cleaning: When cleaning your retainers you want to cup them in one hand and clean with with a soft bristle tooth brush with the other hand.  You do not want to brush them too hard. Soaking the retainers in Fresh Guard will make cleaning the retainers easier.

3. Make: Creation of the retainers is also important to the strength of the retainers. If you are missing a tooth or have a gap, it is a weak point on the retainers. You want to make sure that your retainers are made from a dental lab that is very familiar with the creation of Essix retainers.

4. Material: Until recently there was only one type of material whenessix-plus-doubleretainer-1-logo making retainers. This was the standard Essix ACE 1mm material. Essix now introduced their Essix Plus material. Essix Plus retainers are the same thickness as standard retainers but are crystal clear and more durable than standard Essix  retainers. You still have to be careful, but they are less prone to breakage.

Please visit SportingSmiles.com for more information on replacement dental retainers.

The Teeth Grinding Guard Cost

There are many different types of teeth grinding guards with extremely different price ranges.

DoctorsOver the counter:  OTC guards are found in drug stores and range in price from $10-$30. These guards are typically made by placing a universal sized guard in hot water then forming over your teeth. They  typically don’t last long and the fitting is poor.



Custom Fit (From Dentist): Dentist fitted guards range from dual$220-$600 depending on location and dentist. These are made by having a dentist take an impression of your teeth and sending the mold to a dental lab to be created.  Many dentists only make a few night guards wach year and aren’t aware of the different types of material available for night guards. Many times the Dual Laminate night guard is recommended.

Custom Fit (From SportingSmiles): The price range is from $65-$110. These guard are made using a self impression kit and mailing the kit-logoimpression directly to the dental lab. This product is dramatically lower in price since there is no dentist markup.  SportingSmiles has many different teeth guards, so the correct one to match your specific teeth grinding\clenching style can be produced.