Your dentist may be compelled recommend wearing protective appliances for two main reasons.
- Bruxism: Bruxism is the unconscious grinding of teeth during sleep. Many different things can cause bruxism, but it is usually linked to anxiety. If you suffer from this condition, your dentist will recommend you wear an appliance while you sleep to prevent wear caused by bruxism.
- Certain sports: If you play a sport in which there is a high risk of shocks, falls or contact with other players, wearing protective appliances would be well-advised. Hockey, football, and combat sports are examples in which protective appliances are necessary.