Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? This unconscious, repetitive stress could lead to significant wear, break teeth, and recede your gum line. Perhaps you are aware that you snore, have sleep apnea, or have difficulty staying asleep. You may benefit from wearing a retainer, occlusal guard, or oral device while you sleep. Dr. Mazzella can make recommendations based on your needs and concerns. We take measurements and impressions, and in a few weeks, our partnered laboratory will send us your appliance. It can take time to get used to an oral appliance, and we can offer some suggestions for a smooth adjustment period.
Retainers can come in multiple styles for different purposes, and can be very useful for keeping teeth in place after orthodontic work, or to stabilize teeth with increasing bone loss. Dr. Mazzella can review with you the permanent retainers, clear removable retainers, and other options we offer.