Night Guards: Do you grind your teeth at night?
To minimize the risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), the dentists at CG Smile can prescribe custom-fitted mouthguards to wear while you sleep. Night guards do more than defend against the symptoms of TMJ; they also prevent uneven wear on the biting surfaces of your teeth.
Bruxism (the grinding of teeth) is actually more of a problem than most realize. In addition to creating uneven wear patterns, bruxism can also weaken the teeth and cause them to drift out of place. Severe cases of bruxism can even lead to a condition known as “collapsed smile.” Therefore, if you or a loved one grind their teeth at night, schedule a checkup with a dentist. A simple plastic night guard can work wonders in preventing painful conditions associated with bruxism.
Some Fun Facts on Orthodontics
Who would have thought orthodontics could be so interesting! Check out these fun facts on orthodontics:
- NASA helped transform orthodontics. The metal wire used in conventional braces is made of nickel titanium. This alloy was first developed by NASA for use in aerospace applications.
- The ancients tried their hand at orthodontics. Evidence for orthodontics can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. Mummies have been found with a primitive form of dental wiring that used catgut, a term used to describe strong cords made from animal intestines.
- Braces actually predate the United States. The first modern equivalent of orthodontic braces can be traced back to Frenchman Pierre Fauchard, who is often known as the father of modern dentistry. Fauchard introduced bracket-and-wire braces all the way back in 1728!
- Teeth are always on the move. As we age, our teeth have a tendency to move forward in the mouth, which sometimes cause issues with crowding.
- You’re never too old for braces. There is a common misconception that you can be “too old for braces.” This is simply not true. While the treatment may take a little longer, adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s can benefit from orthodontic treatments. It's never too late to have a great smile!
- Retainers are really important. Your orthodontic treatment isn't finished once the braces come off. Wearing a retainer keeps the teeth in their proper positions. If you don't wear a retainer, the teeth will gradually return to their old habits. Nearly 25% of patients who undergo orthodontic treatments repeat them, often because they do not believe wearing a retainer is important. You're in the home stretch; don't lose the race by celebrating too early!