Dental night guards. They may sound like something you would wear when you were in high school, but the truth is they can benefit an individual at any age. In today’s world, it’s actually more common to have a patient come into New Braunfels Dentists with all of the symptoms that point to the need for a night guard.
So who makes a good candidate for a dental night guard? There are some signs to look out for that a night guard could be beneficial to your smile as well as your overall health. Chronic headaches are the first sign that a night guard is in order. Another sign is if you’re constantly waking up in the middle of the night. Soreness of your jaw or issues with certain teeth that don’t have an explanation for the source are a couple of other reasons you may need a night guard.
Sometimes patients aren’t suffering from any symptoms at all. When they come to the best dentist in New Braunfels, New Braunfels Dentists, our dentists and dental hygienists can assess whether someone needs a night guard or not by the look of their teeth. If healthy teeth appear to be chipped for no discernible reason, it’s most likely because the patient is clenching their jaw and/or grinding their teeth when they sleep.
While clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth are common symptoms of stress, sometimes the elimination of stress isn’t enough to relieve those symptoms. And while grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw may not seem like a big deal, without a night guard you can cause some real damage.
When we continuously grind our teeth without some sort of buffer, it can lead to major tooth problems as well as jaw pain, fractured fillings, and broken teeth. Further, the back teeth are typically the ones that get damaged the most making it hard for someone to tell that something is wrong.
Invest in Your Smile
Dental night guards are nothing to be embarrassed about. Thousands of individuals suffer from the symptoms of teeth grinding and jaw clenching and night guards are what’s keeping their smile pristine. So what should you do if you think you need a dental night guard? The first thing we suggest is researching ‘best dentist near me’ before heading to your local drug store.
Drugstore night guards are not custom fitted, are usually large and poorly fitting, and can even come out during the night when grinding your teeth. They’re also made of a rubber-based material that encourages you to clench and grind more than you already do. Your New Braunfels family dentist will take molds of your teeth, determine your grinding pattern, and design a custom-fit night guard with a particular material that will protect your teeth and smile.
At New Braunfels Dentists, we offer a wide range of dental services that range from general to restorative and cosmetic. Whether it’s for a night guard or any other dental issues you may be facing, our team of professionals is ready to provide you with the dental care you need. Contact New Braunfels Dentists at 830.608.18.18 to schedule your appointment today!