Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nightguard brilliance

I clench my teeth at night.  Add this to the list of things I have wrong with me and I swear it's like 27th on the list.  I don't grind, I just clench.  Just enough so that I can't chew gum anymore because my jaw is always so sore and enough so that I wake up with a nice screaming headache.  I had a nightguard that I would wear but I'd clench with that and it pulled one of my crowns off my molars.  I know.  This is all so interesting and giving you lovely images.  But you know what IS interesting?  This!

It's called an NTI.  Instead of a full nightguard that is kind of NFL-like, this just fits on the front teeth.  It prevents the back teeth from even touching and it's awesome.  And I don't go to bed looking quite so horrific.  This is what it looks like in:

This is NOT me.  But see how it works?  And it's molded to your teeth and actually snaps in.  I still have told Chris that if he hears me gagging and choking in the middle of the night not to dismiss it, it's likely I'm choking on my $1,000 nightguard and he better get it out.

Yes, they are that expensive but one of the many perks of being married to an Oakland firefighter is that we have the best dental inusrance on the planet and I had to pay exactly nothing for this.  Awesome.

If you clench or grind your teeth, look into this.  For reals.  It's pretty great.

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  1. WOW I have the same problem! I have not used my guard in a long time and I know I should but it hurts my gum sometimes. I will have to look into this. THANKS!

  2. Are you at all surprised that I am also a clencher? I have a the regular nightguard and it works wonders.


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