January 01, 2018 2 min read

Night Guard

A Better Way to Sleep

Bruxism is the act of grinding one’s teeth while sleeping, and is something that affects 10% of adults and 15% of children worldwide, and in America alone 6 million individuals suffer from bruxism. Whether it’s the result of anxiety, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), or just habit, bruxism is not something to take lightly. Over time, it can wear down enamel, causing jaw, gum, and teeth problems for the person moving forward.

Teeth grinding most commonly occurs during sleep, although it’s something that athletes have to be cognizant of while playing sports. Since it most commonly happens at night, many people are unaware they are grinding their teeth, left with confusion when they wake up in the morning to a dull, constant headache, a sore jaw, or sensitive teeth. In most cases, people aren’t aware of their bruxism until a loved one hears the teeth grinding at night.

Bruxism can go on for decades before being addressed by people suffering from it. The problem is by the time many people decide to hit their bruxism head on, the dental damage is already done.

Fortunately, there’s a better way to buffer this dental disorder, preventing your teeth from grinding against one another during the night.

Vertical Force Protection

Damage Control has developed a low cost innovative device to remedy night grinding problems without having to visit your dentist. Vertical Force Protection (VFP), is a soft polymer invisible protection barrier, and is a low profile product that has minimal interference when breathing, talking, or hydrating, and is custom fit for each individual. The VFP is valuable for mild to heavy, long-term bruxism. Provided to consumers by a network of dentists, or an at home self-impression kit system that can be ordered from Damage Control’s website.  Also, the VFP is incredibly beneficial for athletes that do high intensity training and who tend to clench and grind their teeth during their workout regimens. 

Bruxism can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures can be worn away over time. It’s an expensive disorder to have if you let it get to far over the years, which is why a VFP solution can spare your mouth, jaw, and teeth. The VFP can also spare your wallet as night guards you get from your dentist can cost anywhere from $250-$1,000. The two VFP devices currently offered by Damage Control are only $125 and $145.

If you’re someone who has been experiencing tooth sensitivity, unaccounted for headaches, or tenseness in your face or jaw when you wake up in the morning, it’s worth considering the benefits of a VFP. Simply designed and perfectly fitted, it provides you with an easy barrier that prevents any damage in the future. 

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