Patient Testimonials
I had my first appointment with Smiles of Carolina last week. The staff were extremely nice, friendly, professional, and accommodating. Due to staffing issues that day, the dentist himself cleaned my teeth! I was treated like a VIP as a brand new patient. I highly recommend this dental office to anyone looking for a superior experience! I will be going back for sure.
- Susan D.

Ultraflex Night Guards

Bruxism is a common condition characterized by the grinding and clenching of teeth. Not only is bruxism uncomfortable for you, it’s very hard on your teeth and can lead to erosion of your teeth and fractures. In time, untreated bruxism can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, often known as TMJ or TMD, a painful inflammation of the joint where your lower jaw connects to your skull.

Do I Have Bruxism?

If you’ve been waking up in the morning with a chronic headache, sore and aching jaws, and ringing in the ears, or if you’ve noticed that your teeth are looking worn or your gums are receding, you may have bruxism. While some people are aware that they grind or clench their teeth, others are unaware of their habit or do it at night while they are asleep. You may have even been told by a partner that you grind your teeth in the night since the sound is audible and quite distinctive.

Is Bruxism Worth Treating?

Bruxism can significantly lower your quality of life and is definitely worth taking care of. Untreated bruxism can lead to;

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Frequent headaches
  • Damaged hearing
  • Changes to the shape and appearance of your face
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD)
  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

Your health and quality of life is very important to us, and you don’t have to suffer from bruxism silently. Treatment is available for bruxism.

Treating Bruxism

At Smiles of Carolina, we offer the Ultraflex night guard to treat bruxism. This flexible appliance is custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. You simply wear the device while you sleep, and it protects your teeth from the pressure created by grinding and clenching your teeth.

Unlike other night guards, Ultraflex is made to be incredibly soft on the inside but harder and more durable on the outside for a comfortable fit. The Ultraflex night guard also quickly adjusts to your body’s temperature so you quickly become accustomed to wearing it and forget it’s there, leading to more restful sleep.

If you have experienced any symptoms that may indicate that you have bruxism, if anyone has ever told you that you grind or clench your teeth, or if you already know that you grind and clench your teeth and you are looking for relief, call Smiles of Carolina today and schedule an appointment with one of our Knightdale dentists, Dr. Mark or Dr. Ko. We will conduct an examination and talk to you about your symptoms. If you are diagnosed with bruxism, we will discuss your treatment options.

Along with wearing your Ultraflex night guard, some lifestyle changes may also help to relieve your bruxism. If you suspect that your grinding and clenching is the result of stress, learning stress relief exercises may help. It might also be helpful to visit a counselor or therapist to find additional ways to deal with your stress. If a misaligned bite is contributing to your grinding, we can discuss orthodontic options to realign your bite properly to prevent future problems. Call Smiles of Carolina today to find out how we can help.