Everybody grinds their teeth together to some degree. Most of this grinding occurs while you are sleeping. When it becomes excessive we call it bruxing or night grinding. People who brux their teeth will display excessive wear & chipping on the biting edge of their front teeth, causing their teeth to appear shorter & worn down. Often the back teeth will show heavy wear, chipping, & cracked or broken cusps.
Although we can’t prevent you from grinding at night, we can help prevent the wear & damage that it causes to your teeth. A night guard is a dental appliance made to snugly fit & cover either your upper or lower teeth, preventing them from rubbing together while asleep.