During the day, a person who is concentrating on a task will often place his teeth together and apply force through a contraction of the jaw muscles. This is commonly associated with the daytime tasks of lifting heavy objects, driving, reading and writing. During sleep, it presents as clenching and rhythmic contractions. If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may want to ask Dr. Cynthia Wong if you are suffering from a condition called sleep bruxism.
Bruxism can erode enamel, making your teeth vulnerable to tooth sensitivity. The best way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal appliance, such as a night guard. Here at Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics we can provide you with a custom night guard. Wearing a custom night guard provides a tough protective layer between your teeth which prevents destruction of your irreplaceable tooth enamel which also cushioning your jaws to ease daily muscle pain.
If you are waking up every morning with pain around the cheeks, give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about Invisalign braces visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cynthia Wong in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.