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Nightguards Specialist

Pendleton Orthodontics

Ryan Pendleton, DDS

Orthodontics located in Leander, TX

Even if you don’t know you do it, nighttime teeth grinding can cause major tooth damage and damage to crowns, bridges, or veneers. At Pendleton Orthodontics in Leander, Texas, orthodontist Ryan Pendleton, DDS, offers custom night guards to stop your grinding habit. Learn more about the treatment by calling the office or booking a visit online today.

Nightguards Q&A

What are night guards?

Night guards are customized devices that fit onto your teeth as you sleep. These devices prevent your teeth from touching so you don’t grind them together, which can wear them down over time. 

Unlike the one-size-fits-all night guards available at a local drugstore, Dr. Pendleton designs night guards at Pendleton Orthodontics that fit your mouth’s unique size and shape. These night guards are more comfortable and effective in managing your teeth grinding. 

To create your night guard, Dr. Pendleton examines your mouth and makes precise measurements with digital scans. The night guard fits like a retainer and is made of high-quality soft or hard plastic that won’t irritate your gums. Today’s night guards are much more comfortable than the bulky night guards of the past.

Which symptoms does a night guard treat?

Pendleton Orthodontics offers custom night guards to treat symptoms of bruxism or teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is something you might do throughout the day without thinking about it, especially when you’re stressed. It’s especially common at night during sleep, and you might not realize you do it.

A dentist can identify signs of bruxism right away during a typical oral examination. Associated signs and symptoms of teeth grinding may include:

  • Chips and cracks in your teeth
  • Broken crowns and restorations
  • Worn down bite surfaces
  • Morning headaches or jaw pain
  • Gum Recession
  • Teeth abfractions, or divots in the teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder 
  • Scalloping of the tongue

A night guard places a cushion between your upper and lower arch to dissuade you from grinding the surfaces together. There are a few different types, and Dr. Pendleton and the team can help you find one that works in your case. 

What else can I do to relieve symptoms of bruxism?

A well-fitting night guard can offer long-lasting relief from pain, tooth breakage, and other symptoms associated with nighttime teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth during the day also, Dr. Pendleton offers tips and suggestions for ways to kick the habit. 

To stop grinding your teeth and improve the effectiveness of your treatment with a night guard, you can:

  • Limit caffeine
  • Stop smoking
  • Find a healthy outlet for your stress
  • Change medications that contribute to teeth grinding

These approaches are also an alternative to night guards if you find them to be too uncomfortable. However, Dr. Pendleton strongly suggests trying professional treatment with a night guard for lasting relief. 

Night guards can prevent tooth breakage and make dental restorations last for many years. To learn more about night guards for bruxism, call Pendleton Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.