The NTI is an FDA-approved dental device that can help stop headaches, sore jaws, stiff neck, and sensitive teeth. It can also prevent further tooth wearing from night grinding or teeth clenching as well as notching that can occur along the gumline on your back teeth.
Clenching your teeth while asleep and during the day is the result of some of the strongest muscles in your body tensing up with up to 20 times more intensity than non-clenchers. These muscles create a great deal of stress and tension to your jaws, neck, and teeth.
The NTI device has been used successfully with thousands of patients in the United States and over 100 of Dr. Jordan’s patients over the past 2 years with positive results.
In one office visit we can create a custom-made NTI device. The tiny, clear plastic device fits over your top two front teeth. You only wear the device while you sleep at night. It makes clenching virtually impossible because there is no surface for your back teeth to bite down on or bite into. In a few days or weeks, your clenching reflex is suppressed. Morning headache pain, neck pain, sore jaw, and other related pain associated with involuntary intense clenching usually begins to resolve and disappear.
Traditional nightguard devices provide a surface for you to bite down on. New studies show, however, that these devices can actually increase the intensity of your clenching reflex. With the NTI, we can begin to address the real problem- actually preventing your back teeth from coming in contact with each other.
You can expect relief in a few days or a few weeks depending on your situation. Your highly trained clenching muscles have to un-learn their intense activity. The time it takes to accomplish this varies from patient to patient.