Nightguard –  Weatherford, TX

Safeguard Your Smile from Bruxism

Cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to your smile. If you grind or clench your teeth habitually, you may suffer from bruxism. The subconscious habit occurs while you're sleeping, putting extensive pressure and stress on your teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is located on either side of your jaw. Various factors contribute to the onset of bruxism, but your dentist has the solution you need to safeguard your smile. You can benefit from the protection of a nightguard to preserve your smile and restore your quality of life.

Why Choose Beacon Dentistry of Weatherford for Nightguards?

  • Advanced technologies for a precise fit
  • Durable, comfortable materials
  • Personalized treatment plans for every patient

Why is Grinding and Clenching a Problem?

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Grinding and clenching your teeth at night can be caused by many issues, like stress, an unbalanced bite, or a TMJ disorder. No matter the cause, the friction can slowly erode your enamel, increasing your risk of tooth sensitivity, decay, and fractures. Over time, your teeth can loosen and fall out.

The pressure on your TMJ can cause inflammation, which can affect normal jaw movements. You can experience clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing your mouth. Your jaw may even lock in one position. Although they are separate conditions, TMJ and bruxism often coincide.

How Can a Nightguard Help?

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A nightguard might look like an athletic appliance, but it serves a different purpose. Instead of protecting your smile from impact, it provides a cushion between the upper and lower teeth. Your dentist will create the custom-fit device from comfortable, durable material. It’s worn over the teeth while sleeping to absorb the force of clenching and grinding. When used consistently, a nightguard can preserve your natural smile to avoid costly dental bills later. It can even take pressure off the TMJ to relieve your symptoms.

How Do You Care for a Nightguard?

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Although it will take a few days to adjust to the device, you’ll be sleeping soundly in no time with added peace of mind. Your nightguard can last for several years with the right maintenance, like cleaning it daily.

Use a mild hand soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove bacteria, plaque, and saliva. You’ll avoid unpleasant odors while protecting your oral health and the lifespan of the appliance. However, when caring for your nightguard, never use hot water because it can warp the device. Be sure to store it in its protective case whenever it isn't in your mouth.

Is a Nightguard Really Necessary?

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A nightguard is an investment in your oral health, quality of life, and long-term dental expenses. The simple piece of protection helps you avoid dental damage to lessen the risk of needing costly reconstructive treatment later. You will save money down the road while also stopping your jaw pain.

If grinding and clenching are putting your smile at risk, don’t spend another night battling bruxism. Contact our office today to request your consultation for a nightguard. We look forward to protecting your smile, so you can sleep peacefully.