Many people clench or grind their teeth to the point of destructiveness. Most people are completely unaware that they do it, because often they do it while they sleep. Partially because patients don’t know they grind their teeth and also because the thought of wearing a night guard is pretty unappealing, I often get asked, “Do I really need a night guard?”
After all, night guards are not the most sexy thing in the world. If you want a good laugh about it, just check out when Tina Fey in the film “Date Night” is asked by her husband, played by actor Steve Carell, if the evening might include some intimacy… and she takes out her night guard to consider the idea. The image makes any dentist cringe- if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If not, take two minutes and watch here. No wonder my patients almost always ask if there isn’t some other option aside from a night guard to keep them from grinding their teeth!