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Do you clench and grind your teeth? There are many of us that do and have done it for years, and aren’t even aware.  Some of us do it at night, while some of us do it during the day at times of stress.

Ideally our upper teeth should touch our lower teeth about 15 minutes a day.

In other words, our upper teeth should only touch our lower teeth when eating.

There are many symptoms that imply that clenching and grinding may be a problem.  Go take a look in a mirror and inspect your teeth.  Do you see front teeth that are chipped? Do they look worn and thin? Do your back teeth have a “flat” chewing surface? If so, chances are, you’re clenching and grinding.

Pain and sensitivity can also indicate symptoms of clenching and grinding. When you wake in the morning, does your jaw hurt? Are your muscles tight? Are your teeth achy and sensitive to temperature? How about Migraines?

There is no need to suffer with these symptoms. We can Help!

What does “NTI” stand for?

Nociceptive (relating to the perception of things that could be harmful); Trigeminal (the nerve that controls the major muscle of mastication;  Inhibition Taken from http://www.nti-tss.ca/

In many instances migraines can be minimized by the use of an NTI. Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The NTI is indicated for migraines, tension type headaches, clenching and grinding prevention. It is a small night guard that comfortably fits over your lower four front teeth. Its design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces. Due to its small size, it is comfortable to wear while you sleep or when needed during the day.

The NTI is made of a safe, non toxic thermoplastic that does not contain BPA.

To demonstrate how and NTI works, touch the muscles of your temples while biting down on a pencil with your back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract when you bite down on a pencil, with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed.

A couple other benefits of the NTI are:
-Helps with snoring
-won’t trigger a gag reflex
-protects restorations
-less invasive than other bulky mouthguards
-less strain on the TMJ joints

If you are interested in knowing more about an NTI, please contact us by calling Seasons of Smiles Dental at 207-236-4740

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About Michelle Webber EFDA

Michelle Webber is a long time resident of Thomaston Maine. She is very passionate about dentistry and has worked in the dental field for the last 20 years. In 2011 she received her Expanded Function Dental Assistant certification. Michelle is happily married and they have 5 children between them.


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