In today’s stressful society, many people grind (brux) or clench their teeth. A minor amount of grinding or clenching is normal. Severe clenching or grinding can cause serious problems with your jaw muscles, joints, and teeth, however. Muscular pain, tooth pain, tension headaches, and excessive tooth wear are potential consequences of clenching and grinding.

Nightguards are very effective at preventing tooth wear and damage. For some people, they are also effective at reducing grinding or clenching or reducing the painful symptoms of grinding and clenching.